David Chao, MD: Scary Baseball Collision Should Have Good Outcome

Who says baseball is a non-contact sport? Don’t tell that to Jose Abreu and Hunter Dozier today. Both left the game after a collision that would make the highlights of old school NFL “you got jacked” videos.

Fortunately, both players got up and walked (with assistance) off the diamond. Of course both exited the game.

By video analysis, the hope is both are more hurt (and stunned) than injured. One can see the head to head and total body collision like getting hit by a truck.

Certainly, both will go through the concussion protocol. My anticipation is any absence will hopefully be short-lived. I hope and expect serious injury to be avoided but certainly both will be sore.

Often the scariest looking injuries can lead to a good outcome. Hoping that to be the case here.

Written by Dr. David Chao

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.


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  1. So far so good from early reports. For Abreu, facial contusion/laceration and a bruised left knee. For Dozier, a quad contusion and neck discomfort. Abreu even wanted to try and play the back end of a doubleheader.

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