Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury is easing back into baseball activities and is on a new medication to help manage his debilitating migraines, but he said Monday that he still is experiencing the blurred vision that he’s played with for years, including stepping into the batter’s box when he could not see properly.
“It’s something I battle pretty much all the time, especially with physical activity,” said Drury, who took batting practice Monday and is 5-for-23 this season. “It gets worse with activity . . . Honestly, I’m actually excited to figure out what’s going on. I’ve been dealing with this for a while and I want nothing more than to go out there and play baseball with clear vision and a clear head and be able to go help this team win ballgames.”
Asked if he ever stepped into the batter’s box with blurred vision, Drury said, “All the time.”
“I’m out there and I’ve played through it. I have,” he said, adding that he’s gotten to the point at which he doesn’t believe that the player compromised by migraines is the best version of himself. “It’s early in the year and I want to get this figured out early.”
Drury, who left the April 6 game and has been on the disabled list since then, said doctors ran a battery of tests on him and a migraine specialist put him on an anti-inflammatory medication that should allow the symptoms to abate. He said he’s still waiting to see if the medication takes. There is no timetable for his return.
Drury, who hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs for the Diamondbacks last year, said he hopes a solution to his migraines can help him fulfill his potential.
Manager Aaron Boone gave pause when asked about the idea of Drury facing pitches with bad vision, but he added that this does mean he might have an untapped upside.
“It’s hard to get in his shoes and know exactly what that feels like or know that, but yeah, I think it’s remarkable that he’s been the player he’s been dealing with that off and on,” Boone said, adding that he is encouraged by Drury’s progress. “I think it’s part of the reason that our evaluation of him, when we were set to acquire him, was the upside that we see in this guy. It’s because 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 those answers that we can get rid of this as an issue and maybe allows him to really take off as a player.”
Ellsbury now dealing with plantar fasciitis
Jacoby Ellsbury has been dealt yet another obstacle in his rehab. The centerfielder is healed from the oblique injury that originally landed him on the disabled list, but he has been battling a hip injury in Tampa and now has come down with plantar fasciitis in his right heel, Boone said. The Yankees do not believe it to be serious . . . CC Sabathia is expected to come off the disabled list to pitch on Thursday.