Blow To The Head Sends Iglesias To The DL

PawSox shortstop Jose Iglesias has a Mohawk on the top of his head, and a big knot on the back of it.

(Photos courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)

The swollen area behind his left ear was the result of a fastball thrown by Scranton/WB’s Andrew Brackman that hit Iglesias on the batting helmet on Sunday at McCoy Stadium.  Iglesias fell to the ground and remained down for several minutes while being examined by PawSox trainer Jon Jochim.

“I saw the ball coming toward my face and all I could do was turn my head,” Iglesias told me.  “I got hit by the pitch right next to my ear.  I’ve never been hit in the head before in my whole life.”

Iglesias traveled with the team to Rochester on Monday but did not do any baseball activities.  On Tuesday, Jose was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.   

“I don’t feel 100%, but I’m doing better and I feel lucky that it wasn’t that bad,” Iglesias said.  “I’ve got a headache and feel dizzy – my balance is a little bit off – but I’ll be alright.” 

“He’s doing well,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.  “He’s got a sore spot in the back of his head.  He’s going to be down for a few days and with the new concussion rules that they have in place, he’s going to have to undergo a few tests and things like that.  He has to be pain-free and asymptomatic before he can do that.”

This year, major and minor league baseball put rules into effect that requires mandatory testing for all players who have received a blow to the head.  Players deemed to have even the mildest of concussions are put on the 7-day disabled list and may not return to the game.  The players must be cleared by a team physician or independent expert before returning to the field.

“It’s a big deal – especially in today’s day and age with concussion syndrome and stuff like that,” Beyeler said.  “You have to make sure that you give guys enough time to get back on their feet so that you don’t have any long-range issues.”

“I want to get back to help my team as quickly as possible,” Iglesias said.  “But I want to make sure that I feel good.  I don’t want to hurry and then have to miss a month.  I want to make sure that everything is alright.”

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To Quote Ernie Banks… – Let’s play two!  The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings conclude their brief 2-day series at Frontier Field with a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5:05 pm. The PawSox won the opener on Monday, 6-3, on the strength of 3-run home runs by Lars Anderson and James Kang.  The PawSox are 7-3 vs. the Red Wings this season – their most victories against any IL opponent this season. Rochester enters play with the worst record in the International League (31-51, .378). 

Seven Heaven? – The PawSox could equal their high-water mark of 7-games over .500 with a win on Tuesday.  The PawSox were 43-36 before losing three straight games over the weekend, but they’ve rallied to win two in a row.   The PawSox have won 6 of 9 and 13 of their last 20 games since June 16. 

I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 4:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.

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