Brandon Drury takes BP Monday, hopes he's on the road to recovery from migraines and blurred vision
Drury will be eligible to come off the DL Tuesday, but while manager Aaron Boone is encouraged by how his third baseman has improved over the last week, it's still going to be a bit before he's back in action.
"I've talked to him a lot the last few days, and I feel like he's in a way better place now than he was when we put him on the DL, so I'm encouraged," Boone said. "Today he's starting back on baseball activities, and as he starts to add to the workload, hopefully he responds and we can start moving forward, because he's an important guy for us."
"I still deal with it a little bit, so we're trying to really figure it out," Drury added. "I got a lot of tests done on my brain, my head, everything - some I'd had before, and some new ones - and we're waiting on all the results, buy I just want to attack it and try to get right."
Drury has gotten perhaps one answer, though, from a migraine specialist, who has prescribed him some anti-inflammatory medication.
"He thinks that will help relieve some of the pressure and tension that leads to blurry vision," Drury said. "I just started that a few days ago, so we should know within the next week if it's helping or not. Hopefully it's something I can take to help me and then get off it, but if (taking the anti-inflammatories) is something I have to do long-term to help me play baseball, I'm going to do it."
Drury reiterated Monday that this is an issue he's dealt with pretty consistently for some time, even admitting that he's gone into the batter's box with his vision blurred "pretty much every day." He's hopeful, though, that the meds are a start to figuring out the root cause.
"It's something I've battled for a long time, and it gets worse with physical activity," Drury said, "but I know what it was like before I had it, and I know what it's like now, so I'll be able to tell when I'm out there running around if it's better or not. I'm just going to take it one day at a time; it's something that I've played through, but I want to get this figured out early so I can help this team win ball games."
Boone is optimistic, too.
"It's hard to get in his shoes and know exactly what it feels like, but I think it's remarkable that he's been the player he's been dealing with that off and on," the skipper said, "and I think it's part of the reason our evaluation of him had the upside we see in him. The skill set is really impressive, and maybe this explains why he hasn't been an even better player to this point in his career. Hopefully we're getting the answers that let us get rid of this as an issue, and he can really take off as a player."
That's one goal Drury is 100 percent on board with.
"I'm actually excited to figure out what's going on, because I want nothing more than to go out there and play baseball with a clear head and clear vision," Drury said. "I'm working with the best doctors there are, and we're getting everything together and trying to figure out what's going on. Hopefully, we'll get this figured out."