CLEARWATER, Fla. — Corey Patterson was in the Blue Jays clubhouse Saturday morning showing no linger after effects from the beaning of the night before.
In the eight inning of the Jays game against Boston Friday night in Fort Myers, Patterson, who bats left, was hit in the back of the head by a 95 m.p.h. fastball from right-hander Daniel Bard.
Patterson fell to the ground and rolled over several times while the Jays trainers rushed to his side. After a few minutes he was on his feet, taken to the clubhouse and on to a hospital where he had a C-scan which proved negative.
The Jays are naturally going to take it cautiously with Patterson over the next few days to see if there are any signs of a concussion or post-concussion syndrome.
“The test results were favourable,” manager John Farrell said Saturday. “He’ll go through concussion impact tests today. Tomorrow (Sunday) we’ll get him on a bike to get his heart rate elevated to see if there’s any residual effect. But thankfully right now, he’s obviously sore where he was stuck, but there’s really no other symptoms right now and the impact test will reveal more. But we don’t anticipate anything.
“In a best-case scenario, we’re looking at two days down and he’ll be back in the lineup hopefully by Monday.”
Meanwhile, Patterson said he feels pretty good, all things considered.
“I feel okay. I haven’t been getting dizzy or felt nauseous,” he said. “I’m kind of taking things slow (today).
“No. The area where I got hit may throb a bit but I’m okay considering,” he said. “I think it for sure hit all helmet. It was just an unfortunate thing. He (Bard) called over to check if I was okay. I talked to him briefly and that was it.”
Has he ever had a concussion?
“I have not had one and the (examining doctor in Fort Myers) told me he didn’t think there were any concussion symptoms but I’ll still be monitored because in the next day or two, symptoms may come about.”
Heading into the season, Patterson, 31, will be the backup outfielder, capable of playing all three outfield positions. If Patterson can’t start the season for whatever reason, the Jays would be in a bit of a pickle as they don’t have another veteran outfielder in the system that could take over the spot.
When asked for a list of possible replacements, Farrell couldn’t come up with one name.