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Justin Maxwell suffered a “mild” concussion last night

Jun 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Justin Maxwell left last night’s game in the fourth inning after the Astros outfielder suffered an apparent concussion attempting to make a diving catch.

Maxwell, who was just activated from the disabled list last week after missing two months with a fractured hand, came down face-first into the ground and was down for more than a minute before exiting the game.

For now the Astros are calling it a “mild” concussion, but unfortunately as we’ve seen with numerous players over the past few seasons there’s really no predicting how someone will respond to a brain injury.

  1. gatordontplay - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    call up Springer!!!!!

  2. Anoesis - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Major-league face-plant. A for effort.

  3. ezthinking - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Sorry to see and hear about, but that is a nice scorpion he’s doing in the photo.

  4. therealbigben - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    No one did it better than Mark Kotsay in the NLCS a few years back:

  5. rcdck - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    That a MLB team can freely minimize a head injury by terming it “mild” upsets me greatly. Using such tags as “mild,” “minor,” and “simple” to describe a concussion is counterproductive at best and downright ignorant at worst. By continuing to utilize such nomenclature long after it has fallen out of favor in the medical community, the Astros’ organization has done nothing to disprove the typical perception of an athletic culture.
    Nothing about a concussion should be dismissed. By labeling a head injury as “mild,” the Astros have shown a clear lack of understanding regarding head injuries. Furthermore, MLB has ostensibly given implicit consent by permitting such wording: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130625&content_id=51748680&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb.
    Simply put, there is nothing minor or mild about a concussion. A concussion is a concussion, regardless of the extent of the symptoms experienced.

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