Chirinos (concussion) says he's feeling better, but unsure on return date
Catcher Robinson Chirinos, who has been sidelined over a week with a concussion, was back in the Rays clubhouse in Port Charlotte Tuesday morning, saying he's feeling better but is still unsure on when he'll return.
Chirinos, who suffered the injury last Monday when a foul tip hit his mask, said he still feels some symptoms, and will undergo tests today and Friday before taking the next step. But the situation has been difficult for the rookie, who entered camp competing for the second catcher spot.
"It's been really hard," Chirinos said. "I'm trying not to think too much, but I was here trying to compete for a job, and then this happened. I just said, 'Why me?' But I guess God knows why things happen."
Chirinos said, initially, he didn't feel so bad, just dizzy. But he began to feel worse and worse, and doctors in St. Petersburg revealed he had his first concussion.
"I still have some headaches, and sometimes I get dizzy when I get up or move quick," Chirinos said. "But I've been feeling better from when I got hit so that's a good sign."
Chirinos said it was a "scary situation" because of the unknown, but is encouraged to be back with teammates and out of his house, where he had to stay and do pretty much nothing while waiting for the symptoms to subside. "Just a lot of sleeping," he said.