The first significant injury of the spring has struck. According to multiple reports, outfielder Clint Frazier suffered a mild concussion. He will be out of action for the immediate future. “I would say it will be a few days,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone explained to the media, “but I’m also pretty optimistic.”
Red Thunder suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the Pirates. He crashed against the outfield wall in the second inning to rob Ryan Lavarnway of an extra-base hit. You could see his head bang against the bottom of the scoreboard. He remained in the game, but further testing revealed the concussion.
Frazier, 23, is competing for a spot on the major league roster this spring. He faces tough competition considering the Yankees’ crowded outfield situation. “I’m here to win a spot like everyone else is,” he told reporters. “That’s going to be the same answer I give from here on out. In my head, I’m breaking with the team. That’s the goal and that’s the vision that I have for myself.”
It’s a tough break for Frazier, but rest is the only call. Concussions are no laughing matter, and his health takes priority. While Boone described the situation as a speed bump, they shouldn’t rush him back into anything. Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a concussion on a similar play last season and it took months for him to shake the effects.
In the meantime, Aaron Judge will rove the outfield beginning on Wednesday. He is gradually ramping up his baseball activities following offseason shoulder surgery. Losing Frazier obviously stings considering his dynamic style of playing. Nobody wants to see a player go down with any injury. That said, the Yankees are well equipped to sustain this type of blow.
Get well soon, Red Thunder! We’ll be here when you’re ready.