It’s been two months since Daniel Brito collapsed on the field in Rochester. He was taken off the field and placed in an ambulance to be taken to a Rochester hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, which was followed up with another surgery the following day.
There hasn’t been much news about his condition trickling out since the second surgery, but the Phillies and IronPigs released a joint statement regarding his condition on Thursday.
The statement reads:
Earlier this week, Daniel was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Philadelphia. He has shown progress in his recovery, and while there is still a long road of rehab ahead, his medical staff has marveled at his determination and competitiveness throughout the process. Daniel’s family asks for privacy as he continues his medical treatments.
No cause for the collapse has been provided by any of the sources involved in the statement.
The Phillies have honored him by wearing t-shirts saying ‘Brito Strong’ back on August 10th. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have worn the name ‘Brito’ on the back of their Saturday alternate jerseys throughout August and September.
Brito was signed as an international free agent and joined the Phillies organization in 2015. He started the 2021 season with Reading prior to moving up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he played in eight games. Between the two stops, the 23-year old, had a slash line of 8-30-.295/.364/.473 this season. This was his first season at either level after climbing through the system. In seven minor league seasons, Brito has hit .260/.326/.364 at his various stops.