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Yankees’ Yogi Berra Released From Hospital After Fall

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Hall of Famer Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees stands in the dugout just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 26, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Hall of Famer Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees stands in the dugout just prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 26, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Yankees say Yogi Berra has been released from a hospital after tripping and falling in the clubhouse before a spring training game.

The 85-year-old Hall of Famer was taken by ambulance to the hospital as a precaution around noon Thursday. The Yankees say he was released about 4 p.m.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the 85-year-old former catcher caught one of his sneakers on the carpet in the clubhouse Thursday and fell on his backside.

“Yogi Berra tripped in clubhouse, fell backward,” WFAN’s Sweeny Murti tweeted on Thursday. “He’s ok but taken to hospital as precaution. Another scare, thankfully ok.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Cashman and executive Gene Michael were present as Berra left the Phillies’ spring training home, where the Yankees were to play Philadelphia.

Paramedics in the clubhouse tended to Berra, a former catching great who is an instructor at spring training. Cashman said Berra was in “good spirits” and did not want to go to the hospital. The general manager added that Berra spoke to his wife, Carmen, before leaving.

“We’re going to make sure it’s going to be fine and is fine,” Cashman said.

The Yankees clubhouse and the nearby area were closed off just before 11:30 a.m. by Yankees’ security officials. About 25 minutes later, Berra was placed into a Sunstar ambulance, which left the ballpark a short while later.

Berra has been active with the Yankees in Tampa, serving as a spring training instructor for the club.

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