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Mariners shut down Casper Wells due to head issue

Sep 22, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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From beat writer Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune comes word that the Mariners have put an early end to Casper Wells‘ 2011 season due to ongoing complications with his head.

The mysterious ailment, which is affecting Wells’ equilibrium, was originally diagnosed as a “severe sinus issue.” But that was ruled out this week after a visit with a specialist. Wells’ eyes have also been checked, and there’s nothing wrong with them either.

The Mariners’ medical team will continue to seek a diagnosis and a course of treatment. For now, they’ve simply shut the 26-year-old outfielder down as a precautionary measure.

“I didn’t go with the team and I’ve seen a couple of doctors this week and found out what it isn’t, we just haven’t figured out yet what it is,” Wells said Thursday. “I don’t want the perception to be I’m taking it easy – the last few weeks, I couldn’t pick up the fastball.

At first I thought it was my eyes, then I thought maybe some kind of sinus infection. In the outfield, I was having trouble seeing the ball. At the plate, the only thing I could really pick up was the curve, and I hit one for a home run in the Texas series at home.”

Wells hit .237/.317/.442 with 11 homers in 241 plate appearances this season between the Tigers and M’s.

  1. cup0pizza - Sep 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Being a Seattle resident, I can yell ya that this whole franchise has had head issues since 1977. Casper Wells is simply the most recent in a long line.

  2. mmason0071 - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    His head problems may be deeper than his sinuses. Brandon Morrow almost took off Casper’s nose with a 98 mph fastball last month, and it clearly scared the hell out of him at the time. It sure looked scary to me, although he really wasn’t hurt. Maybe his brain is more concerned about not getting killed by a fastball than hitting one.

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