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Alex Cobb is still “having trouble with his balance”

Jun 21, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Six days after suffering a concussion when he was hit behind the ear by a line drive Rays right-hander Alex Cobb continues to experience symptoms.

He felt good enough to be at Tropicana Field yesterday and do some light arm exercises for the first time, but Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Cobb “has some fluid behind his right ear and is having trouble with his balance.”

There’s no timetable for his return and Cobb will likely be shifted to the 15-day disabled list, allowing the Rays to be patient with his recovery from a brain injury.

  1. mudhead123 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Hope this doesn’t ruin his career. Get well soon Cobb from a Yankee fan

  2. thebadguyswon - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    See ya next year.

  3. 18thstreet - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I’m glad that baseball takes concussions seriously, but it makes me very sad that most of the sporting world ignored them for decades. I’ve been drifting away from football for a long time, but the constant concussions is the thing that sent me over the edge; I’m probably not coming back. Maybe if the injury were called a “bruised brain,” the NFL would take it more seriously.

    Best of luck to Alex Cobb.

    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      In fairness to many (but not all, the NFL spend far too long in willful ignorance), the potential short- and long-term effects of concussions really only began to be fairly well understood starting in the 90s. Advancements in imaging technology has really made useful brain study feasible only recently….but once you have the information, you need to take it seriously, which football actively worked against.

      • indaburg - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        Be fair to them? Who was being fair to those boys and men who were thrown back into a game when they had “their bells run” or they blacked out? We may not have known too much about the mechanism or pathophysiology until the 90s (and we’re still learning), but the sports world was aware for decades that something was terribly wrong and yet they ignored it, stiffling the necessary research and ignoring evidence. Too many ignored the effects of concussions for far too long, and it was pure greed that allowed the world of sports, not just football, to ignore what was happening, destroying brains in the name of cash.

      • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        You mean, like the energy industry knowing that they are fucking up the planet for the last 30 years but ignoring it? Or the endless drugging of America in the name of profit? Which has been nicely coupled with the incorporation of “health care” that generally ignores health and tries to maximize profit? Every industry willfully ignores facts in the name of profit…and most of them have far more evidence of their destruction than the sports word did until a couple decades ago.

      • indaburg - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Exactly. I’m digusted by much of what goes on in health care as well. I’m a patient–nay, a human advocate first and foremost, profit be damned. That’s why I’m not going to allow much fairness to those that allowed this to happen.

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