Clint Frazier fired back at Michael Kay Monday night, calling out the broadcaster for making light of the injured Yankee’s concussion symptoms.
Kay called into the YES Network Monday to weigh in on the Red Sox sweep of the Yankees, bemoaning the fact that role players like Shane Robinson and Luke Voit had to be in the lineup, and he ended up ripping Frazier for not being on the field.
“Shame on the Yankees for not having depth, but again, shame on guys like Jacoby Ellsbury for not getting healthy,” Kay said. “Shame on Clint Frazier for not getting healthy. You can’t make them get healthy, but if those guys are available, it’s completely different.”
Frazier was obviously listening and didn’t take kindly to the remarks. He also didn’t buy what Kay was selling after the fact, as the broadcaster took to Twitter to say he was being “facetious.”
“.@realMichaelKay facetious or not, I don’t appreciate what you said today. i’m doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free ... so steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven’t even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro,” Frazier tweeted Monday night.
.@RealMichaelKay facetious or not, I don’t appreciate what you said today. i’m doing everything I can to get healthy so I can play symptom free ... so steer clear of publicly calling me out for not when we haven’t even had one convo about my concussion this year. #ShameOnYouBro
— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) August 7, 2018
Frazier has been limited to just 15 games this season at the big-league level, hitting .265. He first suffered a mild concussion during spring training this February, and though he was cleared to resume baseball activities by March, he still reported feeling “foggy” and occasionally experiencing a “blackout feeling.”
The head injury set him back about two months, and then Frazier was pulled from a Triple-A game on July 19 with more concussion symptoms after diving in the outfield.
It’s no secret that the Yankees could use Frazier in the outfield with Aaron Judge hitting the disabled list, but head injuries are tricky and often long-lasting, and Frazier maintains he is doing everything he can to return symptom free.
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