Jason Bay was told to stay home Saturday, a day after suffering a concussion in a collision with the left-field wall. Terry Collins said he fully expected Bay would miss more than the week required by being placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Bay's July 23, 2010 concussion at Dodger Stadium ended up being season-ending, although he continued to play the remainder of that series in L.A.
Collins as well as Josh Thole, who has potentially dealt with four concussions during his professional career, both expressed concern given Bay's concussion history, and the severity of the incident two years ago.
"When I saw what happened to Josh Thole -- and knowing that Josh has had a couple of them before, and how serious the doctors thought it might be -- it becomes very concerning to me," Collins said. "I am not a medical guy. The concussion issue is something that's a modern-day problem. It wasn't like that 25 years ago. It is today. So I'm very worried about it, because Jason's first one was pretty severe. And he hit that wall pretty hard yesterday. He's pretty sore today. Real sore. We're just going to have to bide his time and see how he comes out in the next few days and see how he feels. I don't know how long it will be. But my guess is it'll certainly take a little bit of time."
Said Thole: "I know what he's feeling. I feel like I know what he's going through. It's not easy, just for the simple fact that you have headaches. You want to be out here as bad as anybody, and all you can do is you're quarantined to your room pretty much. It gets scarier [with multiple concussions] because you sit in doctors' offices and you hear doctors tell you that you could be one away. If you have a serious one, you're talking about stuff you don't really want to talk about. That's stuff you don't want to hear."
Still, Thole suggested the severity of baseball concussions generally is different from contact sports in which athletes take repeated, severe blows.
"Football and hockey and boxing, it's getting this big PR because of what's happening with the concussions in the NFL," Thole said. "But I personally feel like that's two different types of concussions -- what we go through and what they go through. I mean, a concussion is a concussion. But the seriousness of it is completely different. Still, you have to be aware because of the possible long-term effects."