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Tate heads to DL with knee injury

TinCaps centerfielder Donavan Tate has been placed on the disabled list with a hyperextended knee a day after colliding in the outfield with teammate Everett Williams.

The injury is another in a list of setbacks for Tate, who was drafted third overall in 2009 out of high school.

Prior to the start of the season, Tate said his main goal was to stay healthy.

He suffered a sports hernia and had surgery, which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2009 minor league season. Then came a broken jaw as a result of an ATV accident in November of that year. The 20-year-old, who received a reported $6.25 million signing bonus, sprained his left shoulder diving for a ball late in spring training in 2010. Later, he suffered a concussion after getting hit by a pitch in extended spring training.

The latest injury came in the fourth inning of the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with Bowling Green. Tate caught a fly ball and then collided with Williams. The ball remained in his glove when he hit the ground, but rolled out after a couple of seconds. The umpires ruled it wasn't a catch and batter Derek Dietrich raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

Tate was off to a fast start at the plate, hitting .316 (6 for 19) with two RBI.

Fort Wayne added Corey Adamson to the roster from extended spring training.