Corporan tested daily, showing improvement

Corporan tested daily, showing improvement
August 24, 2013, 10:15 am
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Sept 11, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan (22) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Minute Maid Park.

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Astros catcher Carlos Corporan is still lightheaded with a little headache.

But that’s normal, days removed from sustaining a concussion and landing on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

“They want me to be 100 percent before I start playing again,” said Corporan. “Just in case I get hit again so it doesn’t get worse. I’m just trying to rest so I can get better.

“They test me every day and every day I’m showing improvement. It’s a good sign, a matter of time.”

While catching on Monday at Texas, Corporan’s mask was struck by a foul tip in the third inning. The concussion is the first for the 29-year-old Corporan.

“The ball hit me in the right spot,” said Corporan. “The ball hit me square. It happens. After that I felt fine. When I went to the dugout I felt nauseous.

“My symptoms started the next day. I felt really bad. Every day it’s been better.”

Corporan has been tested by the team’s medical staff each day.

The day after Corporan sustained the concussion, the Astros brought up catcher Max Stassi from Double A Corpus Christi. In his second game in the majors on Wednesday, Stassi sustained a mild concussion after being hit by a pitch in the shoulder/face area. Stassi is also on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Catcher to catcher Corporan has some advice for Stassi.

“Relax and take your time because there’s no rush,” said Corporan.