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Yunel Escobar undergoes CAT scan and cervical X-ray for possible concussion

Apr 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Yunel Escobar‘s helmet collided with Andy LaRoche‘s knee as the Blue Jays shortstop slid into third base for a fifth-inning triple last night and he later left the game after experiencing what manager John Farrell described as “persistent dizziness.”

Escobar underwent concussion tests last night, which according to Farrell includes a CAT scan and cervical X-ray. There’s no word yet on his status, but Escobar is out of the lineup for today’s game and seems like a good candidate to be the first player placed on MLB’s new seven-day disabled list for concussions that was introduced last month.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau suffered a concussion on a similar play last July while playing against the Blue Jays, as his helmet made contact with John McDonald‘s knee as he slid into second base trying to break up a double play. Morneau ended up being sidelined for nine months, but there’s obviously no reason to assume the worst with Escobar. For now the Blue Jays are “cautiously optimistic” he’ll be fine.

  1. clydeserra - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Bobby Cox thinks he making it up.

  2. cur68 - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I was watching that collision. Looked a lot like Morneau into McDonald’s knee. Afterwards, when he was fielding @ short he was clearly uncomfortable; blinking, twisting his head, popping his jaw, shaking his head, and shrugging a lot. The he started to sweat and feel hot; took his hat off and fanned himself. That was really difficult to watch. If lawyers get upset when they get news of the Bonds trial then they’ll understand that’s about the same feeling for me when I saw what Escobar looked like in the field. I don’t think he’ll be back for a while. Good luck to him.

  3. cshearing - Apr 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    I hope cur68 is wrong on the severity, but he might not be. Hope Yuniel feels better soon, we’re a better team with him for sure. Johnny Mac can fill in defensively, but the bat is another matter.

  4. anddwon - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    First news post-CAT scan sound good. I hear it’s a good sign that he felt all the effects of the concussion soon after the injury.

    # John Farrell says he has made a “very good recovery” to this point 1 minuto fa via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    # John Farrell says CT scan last night negative. Escobar told #Jays manager he felt good this morning. 2 minuti fa via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    # John Farrell says Escobar is being examined right now. #Jays 2 minuti fa via Twitter for BlackBerry®

  5. anddwon - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    7 day concussion DL


    John Farrell says Escobar feels “much improved” but he wasn’t going to play today anyway. #Jays manager says Escobar does have sore neck 5 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    john Farrell says the team is following MLB protocol re: day after neurological testing. When someone leaves field due to head injury #Jays 10 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    • cur68 - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      Whew. Glad it’s just the 7 day precautionary DL. If no more symptoms crop up and he stops with the headaches, light sensitivity and dizziness, then we’ll see him next week. We need this guy to be healthy. Hope Jose Bautista gets back from posing with his daughter real soon. We need that bat real bad.

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