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Justin Upton left yesterday’s game due to nausea and dizziness

Sep 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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Everyone is so focused on the chokes-in-progress back east that we didn’t take notice of the nausea out west. Justin Upton‘s nausea, which could be of some concern for Arizona.

Upton was hit in the head by a Tim Lincecum pitch yesterday.  He stayed in the game, but he experienced nausea while running the bases and did not take the field with his teammates for the bottom of the second inning. All of the usual tests were done and Upton reportedly checked out fine, but the Dbacks are going to reevaluate him today.

Right now it doesn’t seem like a big deal — maybe he just had some bad carry out before the game — but any time your best player is less-than-jake a few days before the playoffs begin, you have to be at least a bit worried.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Must be going around- When Scott Proctor came in in the 14th, I had similar symptoms on the east coast.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      A clear indicator that the game ending was more important than winning for the Yankees.

      Tony Pena: How can we end this thing in a hurry?”
      Larry Rothschild: “I’ll call Proctor.”

  2. dailyrev - Sep 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    I thought Gibson was a smart guy. That opinion may need some revision now. Or he’s just massively ignorant about head trauma. You take a ball off the noggin — even if it were in a meaningful game, which this was clearly not — you’re taken out. This kid has a long career, not to mention life, ahead of him. That has to be Gibson’s prime directive, and if he doesn’t know that yet, he’s showing me that he has a lot to learn about managing people.

    • dlevalley - Sep 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      That was my first thought too… why are they leaving him in the game? I was shocked that Gibson (or the training staff) didn’t pull Upton. It’s a meaningless game, he’s your best player, playoffs less than a week away. Kind of seems like a no-brainer.

      On a related note, I felt really bad for Lincecum. He was visibly upset with himself after the pitch got away from him, and went and apologized as soon as it was clear Upton was ok. Timmy’s had a rough year (one of only six pitchers ever to end a season with 200 Ks, and a losing record) and this just topped it off. Crappy way to end the season.

      Hope Upton is 100% for the playoffs, this guy deserves the national stage.

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