What happened to Daniel Brito? Phillies minor leaguer suffered ‘medical emergency’

Brito, a member of the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was near third base in the first inning of their doubleheader with the Rochester Red Wings.

Red Wings manager Matt LeCroy, who was in the third base coach box then, caught Brito as he staggered around and almost fell to the grass. Brito was helped to lie down safely by Gary Jones, the manager of the Iron Pigs, who also came out to assist.

According to the report, he stayed on the ground for twenty minutes while receiving oxygen from a paramedic. After that, an ambulance took him to a nearby hospital. The doubleheader’s two games were postponed.

Brito underwent two surgeries, but it’s unclear what for.

What happened to Daniel Brito? 

Brito suffered a brain hemorrhage and was rushed to the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital. 

On July 31, 2021, during a game between his Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the Rochester Red Wings, the Philadelphia Phillies prospect collapsed.

After suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, Brito was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. The 23-year-old had several operations, which ultimately proved to be life-saving. He spent fifty-nine days in the intensive care unit. After, less than 14 months, Brito was back on the same field where his life was on the verge of collapse.

Director of the Strong Memorial Neuro ICU Deb Roberts stated, “He probably would not be with us today if he was not close to us and did not get to the OR as quickly as he did.”

What happened to Daniel Brito
Daniel Brito

The game between the Wings and Iron Pigs gave Brito a chance to reconnect with the doctors and nurses who saved his life. It’s, of course, a sensitive topic for the natives of Venezuela. However, he is still optimistic about the future.

Through a translator, Brito stated, “Looking back was not a fun time for him, but knowing where he is at now and looking forward, he is optimistic that everything’s going to go well.”

Daniel Brito: Signs as a new player for the Atlantic League team  

According to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Brito inked a contract with the Charleston Dirty Birds of the independent Atlantic League.

Less than two years after suffering an on-field brain hemorrhage during a game for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate on July 31, 2021, Brito is officially back in the big leagues. 

He may still get a chance with a major league team at age 25, but for now, he will play independent ball.

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