No setbacks for Jays' Patterson

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Corey Patterson continues to improve.

The Blue Jays backup outfielder, who was hit in the back of his head by a 95 m.p.h. fastball on Friday night in a game against the Boston Red Sox, continues to show no signs of a concussion or post-concussion syndrome.

On Saturday, Patterson underwent a series of impact tests that gauged his thinking process and reaction time and Sunday he spent time in the gym on a stationary bike to elevate his heart rate and see if there was any sign of dizziness or nausea.

“He got on the bike and felt OK,” Farrell said. “Tomorrow’s plan (Monday) is to get on the treadmill and run and if he comes out of that with no symptoms (of a concussion), he’ll hit in the cage, do some more front toss (hitting) and look to get him on the field for batting practice. We’ll probably go through one more work day before we get him back in a game (Tuesday).

In the morning Patterson said he was feeling fine.

“I’ve had no reason to be worried at this point,” Patterson said. “If I don’t feel right I’ll let somebody know for sure and we’ll go from there.”

Meanwhile, closer Frank Francisco, who will open the season on the DL because of problems with his right pec and biceps, played catch on Sunday. He’ll have three days or long toss and throwing on flat ground. He is expected to get on the mound for a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Brandon Morrow, who will also open the season on the DL, begins his throwing program on Monday. The right-hander will miss one start because of soreness in his right elbow. His first bullpen will be Thursday in Toronto.


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