Navarro: Whole season passed through my mind
C Dioner Navarro knew how bad it looked Saturday when he was hurt in a home-plate collision and writhed in pain on the field, because he thought he had sustained a season-ending injury: "At the time, I saw my whole season passing through my mind.''
Navarro said he panicked a bit because his leg was numb and due to the flurry of medical attention. He was much more relieved after his wife, Sherley, drove him for X-rays and he found out there was no major damage but a bruise to the nerve in his left shin.
"It wasn't as bad as I thought,'' he said. "Thank God there was no fracture, no break, no ligament (damage), just nerve trauma that caused my leg to go numb.''
Navarro was on crutches and moving gingerly in the clubhouse this morning, but said he is optimistic that with a few days of treatment he will return soon to the field and will be ready to start the season.
"I don't think it's going to impact my opening day next week - I'll be there,'' he said. "It's going to be uncomfortable for a while, but that's just part of life of being a catcher.''