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Clint Frazier still dealing with concussion symptoms

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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.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.