On Friday, May 20, Brock Holt was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Reports say the injury occurred during a May 9 game when Holt made a diving attempt to stop a ground ball but landed awkwardly on the infield dirt. Holt didn't hit his head on the play, but concussions aren't always the result of a direct head impact and they aren't always easy to detect, according to John-Paul Hezel, MD, a physiatrist in the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
"Athletes and nonathletes alike can get concussions a number of different ways, even without impact. Any acceleration or deceleration injury to the head can cause trauma."
This isn't the first time Holt has been sidelined with a concussion. In the ninth inning of an August 25, 2014 game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Holt collided with Dustin Pedroia as the two were chasing after a ground ball. That collision caused Holt to miss the final 21 games of the season…
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