Jays Escobar might play this weekend
By BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency
|Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto April 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)
TORONTO - Yunel Escobar has avoided becoming the first player to be placed on Major League Baseball’s new seven-day disabled list for concussions.
The Jays’ shortstop however, does have a mild concussion and his condition is being described as day-to-day.
Escobar underwent more neurological tests Thursday as the Jays played their series finale with Oakland. The Toronto shortstop slammed helmet to knee when sliding into third baseman Andy LaRoche Wednesday night.
The collision left Escobar lying motionless for about a minute but he did stay in the game for another half inning before being pulled for what manager John Farrell described as “persistent dizziness.”
He had a CAT scan and cervical X-ray Wednesday night. “He smoked me,” LaRoche told reporters, of the collision. “I was going to be real surprised if he didn’t (come out of the game). I didn’t know where in the head it got him.”
Replays showed Escobar’s helmet smashing into LaRoche’s right knee; the collision wrenching his neck at an odd angle. A club trainer stayed with him overnight, wakening him every two hours to check his condition. “I spoke with him this (Thursday) morning and he said he felt good,” said manager John Farrell, “but major league protocol dictates that he has to see a specialist.”
The club was to leave for a west coast road trip immediately following Thursday afternoon’s game leaving Escobar’s participation in this weekend’s series in Los Angeles in question.