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06/14/09 5:20 PM ET

Braves' special assistant to GM falls ill

McMichael suffers seizure, taken to hospital in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Chuck McMichael, a special assistant to Braves general manager Frank Wren and a scout for the team, was hospitalized Sunday after suffering an apparent seizure in the stands during Atlanta's 11-2 loss to Baltimore.

McMichael was sitting in box seats reserved for scouts behind home plate in the second inning when he felt ill, and paramedics were called to attend to him. He was helped up the ramp by an usher and a paramedic, placed on a gurney and treated at the stadium before being transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center near the ballpark for tests.

Braves spokesman Brad Hainje said a doctor at Camden Yards who treated McMichael said his vital signs were good. Hainje could not say when McMichael would be released.

McMichael had been under the weather for the past couple of days and had limited his contact with Braves manager Bobby Cox and the team's coaching staff for fear of spreading any illness.

After spending 1996-2000 as the director of scouting for the Texas Rangers, McMichael joined the Braves in his current roles in September '00. He previously spent 15 years in scouting administration with the Kansas City Royals and spent '82-'87 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

McMichael, who was drafted by the Royals in 1979 as a left-handed pitcher and spent three years in their Minor League system, was influential in signing future stars Mike MacFarlane, Carlos Beltran and Jeff Conine.

Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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