TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is continuing to deal with symptoms related to a concussion after his head hit an outfield wall during Sunday’s spring training game. He has been sidelined since the injury.
Frazier’s frustration has grown during the time he has spent away from the field. The Yankees outfield is crowded with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury, and Frazier feels like the spot on the 25-man roster he’s been chasing this spring is slipping out of his grasp.
“I can’t even sit in my living room without feeling like s—,” Frazier said before Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “My head hurts, and it’s just the headaches. I can’t shake the headache all day.
“I have a goal to attain, and it’s not fun watching it kind of feel like it dwindles away when you’re sitting on the shelf.”
Frazier’s revelation to reporters came two days after manager Aaron Boone said the left fielder had a “mild concussion.”
“He keeps telling me how good he is,” Boone said Monday.
Frazier first reported concussion symptoms to the team Monday morning. In the game against the Philadelphia Phillies the day before in Clearwater, Florida, Frazier was drifting back for a fly ball that he said the wind kept carrying. When the leftfielder reached the warning track, he leaped, just short of the wall, and caught the ball as his head made contact with the bottom of the fence.
As part of the concussion evaluation process, Frazier has spent the past three days working with trainers doing a warmup routine to get his heartrate elevated. He said Wednesday he has made it through the warmups OK. It’s when he starts trying to hit that the symptoms return.
“I think hitting’s different than the warmups. I’m exerting more of my energy in my swing and that cause it to flare up a little bit,” Frazier said. “But I’m just taking it slow … it’s nothing to mess around with.”
Frazier, who played football as a teenager but never had a concussion until now, said he plans to continue going through the same set of exercises until he no longer exhibits symptoms. His concern is that with a head injury, he isn’t exactly sure when that will be.
Former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart bids $115 million on share of Oakland Coliseum
With both the NBA’s Warriors and NFL’s Raiders leaving the site in recent years, the A’s are the last pro team using the Coliseum. The team has undergone steps to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal, about seven miles uptown.
The A’s currently own the other half of the Coliseum.
In a Tweet on Saturday night, Stewart, who grew up in the area, said doing “right by our community” is the driving force behind the bid. He told the Chronicle he has ideas of developing the area and potentially building a new stadium there if plans for the Howard Terminal ballpark fall through.
Home has ALWAYS been where my heart is. Oakland is every bit of who and why I am… An opportunity to do right by our community, keep our community, to do BETTER by our community is the only driving force for me in this. #wishusluck #Godspeed https://t.co/zwy3ocDgsk
— Dave “Smoke” Stewart (@Dsmoke34) January 17, 2021
Stewart, 63, played parts of eight seasons in Oakland and helped the team win a World Series in 1989.
Tri-City ValleyCats suing Major League Baseball, Houston Astros
TROY, N.Y. — Left in the lurch by minor league contraction, the Tri-City ValleyCats have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros.
The suit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, seeks more than $15 million, ValleyCats chairman Doug Gladstone told the Albany Times-Union. The move comes in response to MLB’s decision to drop 42 minor league affiliates.
The ValleyCats played in the now-defunct New York-Penn League, operating as a short-season affiliate of the Astros for 18 seasons.
Gladstone told the Times-Union the loss of the affiliation greatly affected the value of the franchise, which was moved from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Troy in 2002 by Gladstone’s late father. It had previously been located in Little Falls, New York.
The ValleyCats won three New York-Penn League championships and drew more than 4,000 fans per game for 11 straight seasons, from 2008-18.
In their most recent season, Tri-City had the third-highest attendance in the 14-team league, averaging more than 3,869. The only two teams that were higher, Brooklyn and Hudson Valley, survived with moves to a new league.
The team is joining the independent Frontier League and will continue to play its home games at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
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