PHOENIX – Concussions have become a focus of concern in professional sports recently, and the Diamondbacks are playing it safe with top third base prospect Matt Davidson.
Davidson, who is playing for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, was struck in the forehead by a sharp one-hop ground ball late last week and had not been in the lineup since.
“We are treating it like a concussion,” Salt River manager Matt Williams said. “We are not going to take a chance.”
Davidson, hitting .227 with one home run and five RBI in six games, felt light-headed and dizzy and reported some soreness after being struck by the ball last Thursday, hit so hard that it ricocheted to second base, observers said.
Davidson, who is considered the top position player prospect in the D-backs’ organization, just returned to throwing earlier this week.
“We’ll gradually get him back into baseball activity. We are not going to rush him,” Williams said.
Davidson, 21, hit .261 with 28 doubles, 23 homers and 76 RBIs to help Class AA Mobile to the Southern League championship in 2012. He hit .277 with 39 doubles, 20 homers and 106 RBIs at Class A Visalia in 2010 after being a sandwich pick in 2009.
Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar was moved from the Rafters’ “taxi squad” to the active roster to take Davidson’s place in the interim.