Drury still bat­tling mi­graines

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS/COMICS -

NEW YORK — Brandon Drury has bat­ted in big league games with blurred vi­sion caused by mi­graines.

“It’s some­thing I’ve bat­tled, pretty much all the time, es­pe­cially with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, whether it’s a work­out or play­ing ball or what­ever it is,” the New York Yan­kees in­fielder said Mon­day. “It gets worse with ac­tiv­ity.”

Drury has not played since April 6 and has been un­der­go­ing tests on his head, brain and body for the cause of the mi­graines. He re­sumed base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore Mon­day’s home­s­tand opener against Mi­ami. He has been put on an anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion.

“I’m ac­tu­ally ex­cited to fig­ure out what’s go­ing on,” he said. “I’ve been deal­ing with this for a while, and I want noth­ing more than to go out there and play base­ball with a clear vi­sion and a clear head.”

Drury said not all the test re­sults have come back and the is­sues have not yet sub­sided.

“We should know here in the next week if it’s help­ing or not,” he said. “It’s not go­ing to hap­pen overnight.”

Drury made his ma­jor­league de­but with Ari­zona in Septem­ber 2015 and was ob­tained from the Di­a­mond­backs in a Fe­bru­ary trade. He started seven of New York’s first eight games at third base and was hit­ting .217 (5 for 23) with a home run and four RBIs when New York put him on the dis­abled list on April 7.

He hit .267 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs last year in his sec­ond full sea­son with the Di­a­mond­backs, a year af­ter bat­ting .282 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs.

“I think it’s re­mark­able that he’s been the player he’s been, deal­ing with that off and on,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said.

“Maybe this ex­plains why he hasn’t been an even bet­ter player to this point in his ca­reer. Hope­fully, we’re get­ting those an­swers that we can get rid of this as an is­sue and maybe it al­lows him to re­ally take off as a player.”

MORE WOES FOR ELLS­BURY

An­other week, an­other ail­ment for the in­creas­ingly brit­tle Ja­coby Ells­bury.

The 34-year-old New York Yan­kees cen­ter fielder has plan­tar fasci­itis, ex­tend­ing a stay on the dis­abled list that be­gan with an oblique in­jury and was pro­longed when he hurt a hip.

“It’s just try­ing to get him back to a point here he can start in on base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said Mon­day.

Ells­bury got hurt early in spring train­ing and has been on the dis­abled list since the start of the sea­son. He did not play in any ex­hi­bi­tion games from March 1 un­til March 24 be­cause of the oblique in­jury and fin­ished spring train­ing 1 for 14.

While the oblique has healed, Ells­bury re­ceived a cor­ti­sone in­jec­tion to a hip on April 10 and New York had hoped he would re­sume base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties last Fri­day. Then his heel started hurt­ing.

“I think he’s had it at times in the past. I don’t think it’s a se­ri­ous thing,” Boone said. “He’s just got to get right to be able to start back on base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties and then get­ting into and play­ing in games.”

A backup out­fielder af­ter los­ing the start­ing cen­ter field job to Aaron Hicks last sea­son, Ells­bury is guar­an­teed $21,142,857 an­nu­ally through 2020 as part of a $153 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract that in­cludes a $21 mil­lion team op­tion for 2021 with a $5 mil­lion buy­out.

Ells­bury hit .264 with seven homers and 39 RBIs in 112 games last sea­son. He was side­lined from May 24 un­til June 26 af­ter sus­tain­ing a con­cus­sion against the out­field wall while mak­ing a spec­tac­u­lar catch to rob Kansas City’s Al­cides Es­co­bar.

Notes: Boone said LHP CC Sa­bathia is sched­uled to start Thurs­day against Toronto. The 37-year-old was put on the DL on April 7 be­cause of a strained right hip. He has a 4.00 ERA and no de­ci­sions in two starts . ... 1B Greg Bird played catch be­fore the game. He is re­cov­er­ing from surgery on March 27 to re­pair a bro­ken spur on the out­side as­pect of his right an­kle. The Yan­kees pro­jected him to re­turn in six-toeight weeks, but Boone said Bird ap­pears to be ahead of sched­ule.

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