Add concussion-like symptoms to the whiplash that Indians utility man Mike Aviles is suffering from following his ill-advised dive for a ball in right field while trying to make a catch during Monday’s loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers.
Aviles banged his head hard on the ground in the first inning during the attempted diving catch, but stayed in the game for two more innings. But by the time he’d misplayed a fly ball in the third inning that led to three runs, Aviles was beginning to display concussion-like symptoms. He exited the game by the fourth inning and was replaced by Tribe newcomer Zach Walters.
Although Aviles initially passed early concussion tests Monday and Tuesday, he was diagnosed with whiplash. By mid-week, team physicians determined more concussion-like symptoms were becoming evident.
“(Aviles is) still a little foggy,” Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday. “He’s been coming into the ballpark and getting checked and we’ve actually been sending him home. Depending on how he feels today will (determine) how long he stays.”
In 97 games this season, the versatile Aviles has hit .245 with five home runs and 33 RBI, and has played six different positions.
With September bringing with it expanded rosters, Francona said the Indians won’t need to put Aviles on the seven-day concussion disabled list. However, the team will still go through the normal concussion protocol before Aviles is cleared to return to baseball activity.