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Brandon Drury’s 'severe migraines,' blurred vision a cause for concern

The Yankees' Brandon Drury works out during spring

The Yankees' Brandon Drury works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 22, 2018. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Brandon Drury painted a concerning picture Saturday, one that general manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees “had no knowledge of” when they traded for the third baseman early in spring training.

Drury was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday morning with what the Yankees called “severe migraines.” But the problem is deeper than that, led by significant issues of “blurry vision,” Drury said, a problem that he told Cashman goes back at least six years.

“He admitted he’s been hiding it for years,” Cashman said by phone early Saturday afternoon.

That includes Drury’s time with the Diamondbacks, from whom the Yankees acquired him in spring training to be their new third baseman.

“Obviously, we had no knowledge of any of this stuff until last night,” Cashman said.

Cashman said Drury had “one episode” with a migraine in 2016 but it cost him only one game. An MRI came back “normal.”

Cashman said his first thought when Drury came out of Friday night’s game was “a tight groin or calf.” Drury went into detail on the migraine and blurry vision problems after the 14-inning loss to the Orioles.

“It’s something we’re very concerned about,” Aaron Boone said.

Drury will be sent to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Monday and will be evaluated by “a host of people,” including a neurologist, Cashman said.

“Obviously it’s an issue, forgetting about baseball,” Cashman said. “We’ll put him in the best position, get him to the best doctors to determine what’s going on.”

Cashman declined to say if he was disappointed about not knowing about the condition before Friday night. “Our only focus is to get him as much information as possible to get a solution,” he said.

Drury sounded frustrated Saturday morning.

“My vision’s been very blurry and it’s baseball,” he said. “I need to have my eyes to be right to play and help this team win games, and I just don’t feel like I’ve been close to what I [should be] physically to play this game and help this team win games. So I want to get that fixed up and see what’s going on with my vision.”

Drury, hitting .217 with a .333 on-base percentage, one homer and four RBIs in eight games, said the issue has never truly gone away.

“It’s been the same all year, all spring. Whether it’s been a good game or bad game, I’ve had it,” Drury said. “I’ve known that my vision was not right and I’ve been battling through it and now I don’t want to play with that, feeling like that. I have to figure out what’s going on.”

The Yankees brought Drury aboard Feb. 20 as part of a three-team trade in which they sent infield prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and righthanded pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks.

Cashman said Miguel Andujar, who started Saturday afternoon and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Yankees’ 8-3 victory over the Orioles, will take over as the everyday third baseman while Drury is on the disabled list.

“We were prepared to go with Andujar,” Cashman said, “if we didn’t trade for Drury.”

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