After a collision with Tatis, he fell as the worst hitter in the ML… Concussion aftereffects, cognitive impairment, “I didn’t drink, but I had hangover symptoms”

 The aftereffects of a concussion are frightening. Anthony Rizzo (34, New York Yankees), a “big gun first baseman” who even showed signs of cognitive impairment, was eventually placed on the injured list. 

The Yankees placed Rizzo on the 10-day injured list on the 4th (hereinafter Korean time), who is suffering from the aftereffects of a concussion. As a result of a neurological examination at a hospital in Illinois, signs of cognitive impairment were found, so he will focus on recovery and treatment for the time being. 

Rizzo’s injury dates back to the May 29 game against the San Diego Padres. At that time, in the 6th inning, Rizzo tagged out first base runner Fernando Tatis Jr. after receiving a check ball from catcher Kyle Higashioka on a pickoff play while defending first base. In the process, he collided with Tatis, who stood and returned to first base. Lizzo’s head hit Tatis’ hip bone hard.메이저놀이터 

Rizo, who was replaced due to pain, returned after 4 days off. He underwent a mandatory concussion test in the major leagues at the time, but was found to be unaffected, and went two months without further testing. In the meantime, he fell into a very bad batting slump. 

Rizzo, who played an active role in 53 games with a batting average of 3.4 (62 hits in 204), 11 homers, 32 RBIs, and an OPS of .880 in 53 games before the injury, has a batting average of 1.72 (29 hits in 169), 1 home run, 9 RBIs, OPS .496 in 46 games. results were almost halved. During this period, he was the worst hitter in the league, finishing last in batting average, slugging percentage (.225), and OPS among 168 batters in league regulation plate appearances. The overall performance of the season also fell to .706 OPS with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs in 99 games. 

According to local reports, including ‘The Athletic’, Rizzo told the team’s medical team that he “feeled hazy like fog” after striking out 5 for the first time in his career against the Baltimore Orioles on the 31st of last month. After that, he had one hit each in two games, but as a result of a neurological examination on the 3rd, signs of cognitive impairment were found, and he was placed on the injured list. 

Rizzo said, “I swung thinking that the ball was about 3 feet (0.9 m) away and entered the middle. He didn’t even drink, but he woke up with a hangover. During the season, he thought he was tired from the forced march, but he didn’t think he needed to get tested for a concussion,” he confessed. 

However, even after a while, the condition hardly recovered. On the contrary, it got progressively worse. Rizzo said, “I started to feel serious because I sometimes forgot to count out or couldn’t recall which ball I missed in the at-bat.” Considering what we do, this is amazing.” In baseball, where the ability to respond in an instant is important, the reaction speed was slower than that of normal people, so the batting could not be done properly. 

Lizzo, who is being treated with three supplements, said, “I don’t know how long it will take to return, but from my point of view, the stress caused by curiosity has disappeared. He learned that there is a cure, and the doctor is confident of a full recovery,” he said, confident of returning. Yankees coach Aaron Boone said, “I will check Rizzo’s condition every week,” but the specific timing of his return remains a question mark. 

After debuting with the San Diego Padres in 2011, he moved to the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and grew as a central hitter, and spent his heyday by hitting more than 30 homers in four consecutive years from 2014 to 2017. He was traded to the Yankees at the end of July 2021, and tied a personal record with 32 home runs last year. In the 13 major league seasons, his career record was 1635 games, batting average 2.63, 1567 hits, 295 homers, 930 RBIs, OPS .838. He is a member of the 2016 Cubs World Series winning team, boasting a career as a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove, and one-time Silver Slugger. 


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