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Clint Frazier still dealing with concussion symptoms


On Saturday, Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier made a leaping grab at the wall in a Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Frazier is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

Frazier said, “I can’t even sit in my living room without feeling like [crap]. My head hurts. It’s just the headaches; I can’t shake the headache all day.”

The Yankees’ outfield is spoken for with Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge, but Frazier is still trying to make the Opening Day roster. He worries that this injury may hurt his changes. Frazier said, “That’s the concerning part, how long these things can take. I have a goal to attain and it’s not fun watching it feel like it dwindles away while you’re sitting on the shelf with a head injury.”

Yesterday, I highlighted Andrew Baggarly’s article about Brandon Belt for The Athletic. Belt (and Baggarly) described what it was like for the first baseman to battle his concussion. That and Frazier’s testimony here show that it’s no fun ride. Hopefully Frazier and the Yankees don’t try to rush back as a concussion is a serious injury.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.