The Yankees will find out today whether Eric Chavez has been cleared by Major League Baseball to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list. The league will make its decision based on the results of a test Chavez took yesterday to determine whether the concussion symptoms have subsided.
“A lot of memorization which I’m not real good at that anyway,” Chavez said. “An example would be, they would give you 12 words and you would read them. They would give you some other type of test where they would flash some colors and you had to line them up with a P and a Q. Like, P would be red, Q would be blue. You had to match those up, and then you would go back and they would give you a list of 25 words and you had to pick which ones were on there before that. … Then they give you shapes and you have to memorize the shapes. And sometimes they turn them upside down. It’s hard. It would be hard for a normal person to take the test, especially me, because memory is not my strong point.”
Everything happened in front of a computer screen, Chavez said. There were no physical tests.
As for the injury itself, Chavez’s diving play at third didn’t look particularly damaging, but doctors told him it was the angle of his neck that might have caused the problem.
“The way the doctor explained it to me, my head was tilted a little bit, and I kind of had a whiplash reaction,” Chavez said. “He says if your neck is turned, you’re more likely to have a concussion than if it’s straight on.”
Chavez didn’t come out of the game right away, but he said it became hard to focus his vision. Then it became hard to stand. Everything got a little “foggy.” Six days later, though, Chavez went through full baseball drills yesterday. He’s just waiting word from the league to make sure he’s fully cleared to play.
“It took a while,” Chavez said. “But today I can honestly say I feel 100 percent.”
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