The Houston Astros placed outfielder Justin Maxwell, who left his team's June 25 game with a head injury, on the seven-day concussion disabled list on June 30. MLB.com's Glenn Satelli reports that Astros team physicians evaluated Maxwell since his last appearance as a pinch runner on Friday, June 28, and determined that he needed disabling for proper rest and recovery.
Maxwell suffered the concussion on Tuesday, June 25, when he made a diving attempt at a catch. He hit his head on the ground during that play and had to leave the game for examination. At first, reports described only a mild head injury, and Maxwell did not appear in a game again until his pinch running appearance on Friday. Further evaluation on Sunday morning revealed the extent of the concussion.
WebMD.com describes a concussion as an injury that results from a blow to the head, possibly causing the brain to move around. From the WebMD site,
The result? Your brain doesn't function normally. If you've suffered a concussion, vision may be disturbed, you may lose equilibrium, or you may fall unconscious.
Maxwell's headaches became more severe in the past few days, so the Astros took precautionary measures to protect their young outfielder. Satelli quoted manager Bo Porter's statement when describing the decision:
"When you start talking head injury and concussion, it's nothing to play with. And this is his third concussion. So from an organizational standpoint, we're doing the right thing by taking every necessary precaution."
Maxwell is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 5, but the Astros have not yet determined when he will actually play again.
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