Brandon Drury took batting practice for the first time Monday since being put on the disabled list with blurry vision and severe migraines, but he’s still dealing with the symptoms that sidelined him.
“I’ve been battling this for a while, so it’s not gonna happen overnight,” Drury said of getting back to 100 percent. “I’m actually excited to figure out what’s going on. … I want nothing more than to go out there and play baseball with clear vision, a clear head and help this team win ballgames.”
Drury has undergone numerous tests and said he’s been put on anti-inflammatories in an attempt to get rid of the migraines that have plagued him and contributed to his blurry vision.
The third baseman, acquired from Arizona during spring training, last played on April 6 and went on the disabled list the next day.
In Drury’s absence, the Yankees have relied on Miguel Andujar, who has mostly struggled at the plate. Top prospect Gleyber Torres has played third base almost exclusively for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was named the International League Player of the Week on Monday after going 15-for-39 with five runs, four extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in 10 games.
Aaron Boone said over the weekend that Torres could join the Yankees this week, but they still need Drury to get healthy and be productive again.
“I had a lot of conversations with him the last few days and we feel like he’s in a way better place than where he was when we put him on the disabled list,” Boone said. “Hopefully he’s starting to get some answers.”
Drury told the Yankees he’s suffered from headaches and vision problems for six years. The team was aware before the three-team Feb. 20 trade with Arizona and Tampa Bay that brought Drury to the Yankees that he had a migraine in 2016 and underwent an MRI exam that came back clean.
“It’s something I battle pretty much all the time, especially with physical activity — whether it’s a workout or playing ball,” Drury said.
He added he goes to the plate with blurred vision “all the time.”
“I’ve played through it, but it got to the point where I don’t feel like I’m the player I am with it,’’ Drury said. “It’s early in the year and I want to get this figured out early so I can help this team win a lot of games.”
Whenever he does return, Boone believes Drury can be better than he was before.
“I think it’s remarkable that he’s been the player [he is] dealing with that off and on,” the manager said. “And I think it’s part of the reason that our evaluation of him when we were set to acquire him was the upside we see in this guy. The skill set is really impressive. Maybe this explains why he hasn’t been an even better player to this point in his career. Hopefully we’re getting those answers where we can get rid of this as an issue and maybe it allows him to really take off as a player.”
Drury was 5-for-23 with a double and a homer in eight games for the Yankees before he went down. He was hitless in his previous 10 at-bats before being lifted from his last game.
“I know what it was like before and I know what it’s like now,” Drury said. “We’re just taking it a day at a time.”
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