Indians' Longtime Trainer Collapses

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jim Warfield, a popular trainer for more than 30 years with the Cleveland Indians, collapsed Monday at Jacobs Field and was taken to a hospital.

"We're praying for him and that's all we can do," interim Indians manager Joel Skinner said.

Warfield's wife, Linda, said Tuesday morning that his condition had deteriorated during the night and he was due for another test. She said he had suffered a hemorrhage, but declined to provide details.

A nurse at the Cleveland Clinic said the 60-year-old Warfield was in critical condition.

Several of the Indians players were visibly shaken after learning that Warfield had collapsed. Many of them paid tribute to him by writing "JW" on their caps for Monday night's 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Warfield is in his 32nd season with the Indians, joining the club in 1969 as trainer for the team's Double-A affiliate before becoming Cleveland's trainer in 1971.

He was the Indians' head trainer for 26 seasons before becoming Paul Spicuzza's assistant in 1997.

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