Alburquerque out at least another week
Friday marks one week since Al Alburquerque took a line drive off his head during batting practice and went on the seven-day concussion disabled list. But while though he’s now eligible to be activated, the word from the Tigers medical staff is that he won’t be ready for at least another week.
Alburquerque was examined by an MLB-certified specialist on Friday, which he has to be before he can be cleared to play again. The word from the specialist is that he’s still showing mild symptoms, so he was certified to remain on the concussion DL.
“He feels still just a slight bit of pain in front of his ear,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, “and it’s enough that it’s cause for concern. In this day and age, there’s a lot of research out there.”