Max Stassi isn’t just sitting around doing nothing while he recovers from a mild concussion sustained on Aug. 21 at Texas. The Astros catcher, who is still having a problem with his balance, has been told to rest, but he’s also soaking in information.
“I watch the games and I try to spend some time every day in the video room and look at opposing hitters,” said Stassi. “If you can’t be out there playing, you can always learn from that. Seeing what their strengths or weaknesses are.”
And the 22-year-old Stassi is taking advantage of teammate Jason Castro. Stassi is picking the brain of the All-Star catcher, who twice this season has been named American League Player of the Week.
“I’m listening to Castro too,” said Stassi. “That’s been a big help.”
It will be some time before Stassi is back on the field. This was the first concussion for Stassi. He’s been tested twice and has another test scheduled, but he’s unsure of the date. There’s a concussion protocol.
“I never realized how serious it is,” said Stassi. “It’s a slow process. It’s a pretty big deal.
“I’m glad Major League Baseball the last few years has incorporated the seven-day DL, because it’s kind of a scary deal. As soon as you get in the head, you’re talking about your brain, not like your arm or your leg. I’m glad they have that seven-day DL. “
In his major league debut on Aug. 20 as the designated hitter, Stassi had two hits. The next night Stassi was hit in the shoulder/face area from a pitch by Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers. Fortunately Stassi did not have any facial fractures.
Before the Astros called up Stassi he had 17 home runs and 60 RBIs in 76 games at Double A Corpus Christi. Stassi had eight RBIs in one game with the Hooks.