August 29, 2006

Medical Statement On Ortiz

Dr. Thomas Gill, Red Sox Medical Director:
Prior to Monday night's game in Oakland, David Ortiz experienced palpitations and was removed from the lineup. At that time, it was determined that he would return to Boston to undergo further examination and testing to determine the cause of these recurring symptoms. The examination and testing will be done over the next few days led by Red Sox Team Internist Dr. Larry Ronan, with the support of a group of specialists.

David had experienced similar symptoms approximately ten days ago. He was admitted to the hospital on August 19 where he was fully examined by specialists and a series of tests were performed. Based on the results of these tests, and David's symptomatic improvement, he was cleared to play. David had not experienced any additional episodes of palpitations until Monday evening.

With the recurrence of these symptoms, we would like David to be fully examined and tested before he is allowed to return to the field.

2 comments: said...

Like we didn't see this coming?

Overweight baseball players are bound to have their health catch up with them and it did for David Ortiz.

Ortiz standing 6'4 and weighing 230lbs. (according to espn's player profile)

Highly unbelievable.

I do wish him the best of luck but...drinking coffee on the way to the hospital? C'mon Big Papi, your not exactly helping here! Your going to the hospital for heart irregularities stop throwing the log into the fire sir!

Did some research and check this Mr. Ortiz :

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system by blocking adenosine, a neurotransmitter that normally causes a calming effect in the body. The resulting neural stimulation due to this blockage causes the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, the "fight or flight" hormone. Your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate, your muscles tighten up, and glucose is released into your blood stream for extra energy. Voila… you now have the caffeine buzz.

Whoops! I'm well aware that he knows this and I'm hoping it's not just professional ignorance.

Justin said...

Maybe it was decaf.