OF Grichuk sustains concussion in collision
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[September 10, 2018]
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder
Randal Grichuk was placed in Major League Baseball's concussion
protocol after a dangerous collision during Sunday's game against
the Cleveland Indians in which he slid into a metal stool while
trying to make a catch.
Grichuk had a bloody nose and a swollen left eye socket when he left
the field. He was chasing a foul ball down the right field line in
the fourth inning and trying to make a sliding catch when he slammed
into the stool being held by a security guard.
"They took him in to get X-rays and the concussion thing," Blue Jays
manager John Gibbons said after the contest. "He was conscious. I
don't think he blacked out, to be honest with you. I don't know
that, but I saw him in the clubhouse between innings and he was
grinning and laughing a little bit, so that's a good sign."
The Blue Jays later tweeted that initial concussion tests and a CT
scan of his head and face were negative and Grichuk will be
re-evaluated on Monday morning. The outfielder was diagnosed with
multiple facial contusions and abrasions and is considered
day-to-day. He will remain under the concussion protocol until
cleared by MLB.
The Blue Jays have on-field security guards sit on stools along the
left and right field lines. If a ball is coming in their direction,
they are to stand up, move the chair and get out of the way of the
In this case, the security guard on the right field side was
attempting to get out of the way as Grichuk and first baseman Justin
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Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Randal Grichuk (15) is lead off the
field by the trainers after being injured during the fourth inning
against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit:
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Smoak said he didn't think Grichuk saw the security guard.
"Especially here at the dome, you have to keep your eye on the
ball," Smoak said. "I honestly had no clue where he was. I just
peaked at Grich knowing he was coming in hot right there. We're
worried about each other and the ball at the same time. No chance
either of us were thinking about the security guard."
Grichuk remained on the ground as trainers attended to him. He left
the field on his own with a towel over his left eye and was replaced
in the lineup by Teoscar Hernandez, with Billy McKinney moving from
left field to right.
Grichuk is batting .248 with 21 home runs and 51 RBIs.
--Field Level Media
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