February 18, 2002
Two Twins minor leaguers were injured after their SUV rolled over in a one-car accident near Chattanooga, Tenn., early Monday morning.
Jeff Randazzo, a 20-year-old lefthander, and Josh Johnson, a 19-year-old catcher, are in intensive care at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. A hospital spokeswoman said she could not release their condition, but the Associated Press reported both were listed as stable before they were transferred from nearby Bradley Memorial Hospital this morning.
According to the Associated Press, Twins’ minor-league rehab coordinator Lanning Tucker said Randazzo and Johnson were driving to spring training in Fort Myers from their homes in Pennsylvania. It is not known what caused the vehicle to lose control near Chattanooga about 2 a.m.
Both had until March 8 to report but planned an early workout with a group of minor leaguers already in camp, Tucker said.
Minnesota selected Randazzo, listed as 6-foot-7, 200 pounds, in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. He earned a spot in the 2001 Midwest League all-star game by going 6-2, 3.23 during the first two months at Class A Quad City. A dead arm afterward held him to a 3-1, 6.23 record the remainder of the year.
Johnson was a 25th-round pick of the Twins in 2001 from Ridgway High School in Pennsylvania. He hit .141-0-2 in 64 at-bats last season for the Gulf Coast League Twins.