ESPN broadcaster John Kruk taken to hospital prior to game.

ESPN broadcaster and former major-league first baseman John Kruk was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.

Kruk was assisted out of the ESPN broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium through the press box dining room and left with Mike McQuade, ESPN’s vice president of remote production. Play-by-play man Dan Shulman and analyst Curt Schilling are broadcasting the game without Kruk.

Witnesses said that the 42-year-old Kruk was conscious at the time he left. Kruk has diabetes and had just eaten a pregame meal, but it’s unknown if his hospitalization is related to the diabetes. ESPN is expected to provide an update on Kruk’s condition at some point tonight.

5:30 p.m. update: ESPN issued the following statements through its Baseball Tonight Twitter account:

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.