Yankees catcher Brian McCann was forced out of the team’s 10-6 win over the Indians on Friday after suffering a concussion. The team insists that the concussion is mild, but head injury protocol must still be followed.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he doesn’t know if McCann will end up on the seven-day concussion list. Protocol states that doctors decide whether or not he needs to be shut down for a week when they examine him the day after the initial concussion.
McCann suffered the concussion after taking a foul ball off his mask in the third inning of the game Friday night. He played for three more innings before Girardi made the decision to pull him from the game and replace him with Francisco Cervelli in the sixth inning.
“He talked about his jaw,” Girardi said, referring to right after the foul ball. “He thought his jaw got jammed. Then talking to him later when he came in in the sixth, he felt he was a little foggy.”
McCann did not want to come out, Girardi added, but the manager said he took the decision out of his hands.
“I said, ‘You’re out,'” Girardi said.
“There is concern,” said Girardi, a former catcher. “Personally, I never remember feeling like that. I don’t feel like I ever had a concussion. But what we know then and what we know now, when someone tells me he doesn’t quite feel right, I’m going to be on the side of cautious and that is what we did tonight.”
It was probably the right move to pull McCann out of the game, whether or not his concussion was serious. Athletes need to be cautious about head injuries, as they are often very difficult to put a finger on. More information about McCann is not known at this time, but we will continue to monitor the situation.
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UPDATE: McCann HAS been placed on the seven day concussion DL according to ESPN New York