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Clint Frazier says he’s still feeling 'foggy’ after suffering concussion Feb. 24

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier strikes out against the Tampa

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier strikes out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Credit: Jim McIsaac

TAMPA, Fla. — Two weeks after suffering a concussion, Clint Frazier doesn’t seem to be doing much better, though Yankees general manager Brian Cashman pushed back a bit against that premise.

One thing does seem certain: Frazier won’t be speaking to reporters about his concussion again in the near future.

The outfielder, who hit his head against the leftfield scoreboard while making a leaping catch Feb. 24 in Bradenton, started some light baseball activities this weekend but offered some sobering statements Saturday in discussing his progress.

He used the word “foggy” — as he did two days after suffering the concussion — in describing how he feels and added that his depth perception “has felt off.”

With a laugh, Frazier told reporters that at home, he occasionally catches himself “calling my cats the wrong names. But they look the same.”

Cashman, however, said that in the conversations he’s had with Frazier, things haven’t appeared quite as dire. He suggested that Frazier’s conversation with reporters on Saturday probably will be the last time during his recovery that the outfielder speaks publicly about the situation.

“Maybe it’s best not to be interviewed when he comes out of his endurance stuff,” Cashman said. “He’s been doing well. And everything we’re doing with him is doctor-required. He’s in the hands of the doctors, so it’s not the Yankees putting him through these things.”

Frazier spoke Saturday after riding the exercise bike — which he’s been doing almost daily for about a week and a half — along with throwing, running and hitting off a tee. Hitting off a tee is the most recent of those.

“I feel improved from what I went through two weeks ago, but I’m still feeling what I’m feeling,” Frazier said. “I’ve felt good, but just foggy. That’s the word of the day.”

Cashman said Frazier, who has been evaluated by a neurologist, will swing a bat again Sunday “as directed” by the doctors. He expressed some surprise when it was relayed to him that Frazier said he hasn’t been driving to the ballpark on a daily basis.

“For the most part, outside every now and then, the interviews with you [the media], the feedback is really positive that he’s feeling better,” Cashman said. “Today was the first kind of step-back day. And he has been driving. At times I guess when he doesn’t feel well, he doesn’t drive, but he has been driving. And he’s able to do and function normally.

“When he does experience [symptoms], it’s when we ramp up some of the endurance. Today after the swinging, he felt some symptoms, which he shared, which is important for us to get. So we put him back on the phone with the doctors so tomorrow he has a new regimen. It’s not going to be the same intensity, but he’ll still swing the bat again tomorrow. But I talked to him just now . . . He said most of it’s been positive.”

Cashman said it’s not ideal for Frazier to speak with the media minutes after he’s exerted himself physically.

“He’s probably at a disadvantage when the questions are coming his way because typically it’s when he’s returning from his rehab where those symptoms are heightened,” Cashman said. “I think he’s giving you accurate information at that moment, but 24 hours in the day, it sounds from his perspective almost all of the day is good. On a daily basis, we’re going to be continuing to implement the doctor’s regimen and he’ll be in touch every step of the way. It’s a frustrating experience [for him], but we’re doing everything we’re supposed to be doing as directed.”

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