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Aaron Hicks removed from game with concussion-like symptoms

May 1, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT

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According to Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North, Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks was removed from tonight’s game against the Dodgers due to concussion-like symptoms.

Hicks hit the back of his head on the center field wall while trying to make a leaping catch of a fly ball off the bat of Scott Van Slyke in the top of the sixth inning. You can watch the play here. Hicks remained in the game before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh. While the Twins said that he was pulled for “precautionary reasons,” a trip to the 7-day concussion disabled list could be in his future.

Hicks, 24, is batting .178/.315/.260 with one home run, seven RBI, and a 23/15 K/BB ratio over 24 games this season.

  1. moogro - May 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    In the age of an expectation of exciting acrobatic baseball defense, more padding and give is better than less padding and hard objects. Otherwise start taking it away from gymnastics, cars, etc. Why not?

    This is a true market inefficiency right now. I don’t know why MLB players stand for it.

    • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Agreed, MLB really should add more padding for the outfield walls there knowin players could get banged up running at full speed when they hit the wall, they really need to apply this next season if not this year if they wanna avoid concussion like symptoms like this from happenin even further in the future. And hope other leagues from other countries should do this too (especially you KBO.).

      • doctornature - May 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        My thoughts exactly. A foot more of pretty dense foam padding, added on to the padding in place, would cut these injuries drastically. MLBPA should DEMAND this in the next round of talks above anything else.

        With star outfielders getting huge, 20+million/year, why teams do not spend $250,000.00 to install crash-proof padding on their fences to protect their investments…is beyond stupid. It begs of idiocy. They can’t see the forest for the trees. I cringe when players go full-out towards a fence, knowing they will not come out victorious in the coming collision. After 100+ years, you would think the Players Ass. would have acted already. I blame them as much as the cheap owners.

        They want to demand pitchers wear headgear, to protect the 3-4 pitchers who take one in the noggin, but do NOTHING to protect aggressive outfielders who collide with fences probably 200-300 times/year.


    • moogro - May 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Thanks, folks. I was beginning to get discouraged. I have been harping on this for a long time. The only replies I have seen before were a bunch of man-up, expensive argle-bargle. Maybe things will change now that catcher collisions are on the radar. The perimeter of play being so unnecessarily dangerous is insane. Safer would lead to MORE exciting defense, without losing players in the process.

      • sportsfan18 - May 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        imagine a hard wall as the sideline in football…

        or a hard wall all along the out of bounds line in the NBA…

        EVERYONE would say are you crazy?

        But there IS a hard wall all along the edge of play (the outfield) in baseball…

  2. yahmule - May 2, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    Why has the phrase become concussion-like symptoms instead of just concussion symptoms?

    George Carlin used to explain this stuff to me.

    • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 4:40 AM

      Ah… George Carlin, I still remember the time when he compared Baseball over Football in the youtube videos a while back.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    I hope it is not serious. I remember the long lasting effect of Morneau’s concussion.

  4. schke - May 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Oh no. Say goodbye to Hicks’ career w/ the Twins. Once the Twins organization starts throwing that “C” word around, it’s all over.

  5. phillyguyindc - May 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Put more padding in the wall and make the warning track bigger. If you’re running full speed what do you get two steps max on the warning track?

  6. grumpyoleman - May 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Back in the day we were told you can run into the wall but it might hurt so you might not want to do it.

    • sportsfan18 - May 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      But in THIS day and age… we, the always sensible public/fans, will bitch about players who don’t give it their all and go all out etc…

      Then we bitch when they’re hurt and are “fragile”.

      In case you haven’t realized it, people are damned if they do and damned if they don’t in THIS day and age…

      You’re right though, it was NOT that way back in the day…

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