MLB Concussion Update #2

Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins has been befallen by a concussion on June 3rd.  However it’s not that we are more than a week late to report this news, it’s that Span played following the concussion, from FS North;

Span collided with Royals catcher Brayan Pena when he tried to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run last Friday. He stayed in the game and played again Monday against Cleveland but was kept out of Minnesota’s lineup for three straight games, including Thursday’s series opener against Texas.

The reasoning for him playing is unclear at this point, but it seems that Span was unaware of the symptoms, or at the very least did not report them right away.  Span had a spell of “dizziness” in 2009 that made him miss a lot of the month of June.  This may have been the Continue reading

Good News From Minnesota

The professional sports in the state of Minnesota received good news on two fronts today in terms of players out with concussions.

Minnesota Wild player Pierre-Marc Bouchard will return to the ice for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.  Bouchard has missed over a year due to post-concussion symptoms and finally has been given the clearance to play.  According to his agent and TwinCities.com, “Butch is back,” and “It’s official.”

Also in the Twin Cities, the Twins first baseman, Justin Morneau proclaimed that he will be ready to resume baseball come this spring.  Morneau has been out of baseball since July 7th when he took a knee to the head sliding into second base.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind I’ll be ready for spring, especially with what I’ve done this week and how it’s reacted and how I’ve felt,” Morneau said. “That’s something that hasn’t even crossed my mind.”

“Two months ago I couldn’t have come out and sat for that long and signed,” he said. “It’s come a long ways. It’s a lot better. It’s not all the way there yet, but it’s close.”

LINK

Morneau Out For Season

With a season that started off as one of his best, Justin Morneau was getting ready for the All-Star Game and helping the Twins push for the playoffs.  Since July 7th, the Minnesota Twins had to do it without one of the best first basemen in the game.  On that day Morneau took a knee to the head while breaking up a double play and sustained a concussion.  Multiple attempts were made to get him back on the field, but each time met with a setback.  Now he has been ruled out of the post season completely by the organization.

Concussions are so different to all other injuries that not one person reacts the same to each incidence.  The Minnesota Twins deserve A LOT of credit by putting this issue front and center and handling it like it should be.