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Brewers minor leaguer still critical a week after injury

   MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers say minor leaguer Julio Mendez is in critical but stable condition after being hit in the chest by a pitch last weekend.

   Milwaukee general manager David Stearns provided the update Friday.

   The 20-year-old Mendez suffered a cardiac event after being hit by the pitch. The infielder was playing for a rookie-level affiliate in Arizona. He is being treated at a hospital in the Phoenix area.

   "This continues to be a very serious situation and we send our thoughts and prayers to him," Stearns said. "Julio's family is by his side and asks for privacy at this time."

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