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SAN FRANCISCO — For a moment on April 24, everyone in AT&T Park held their breath as Mac Williamson was slow to get up after a scary crash into the left field wall. Shortly after, he shook it off and even hit the deciding home run in his next at-bat that sealed a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Nonetheless, Williamson was placed on concussion protocol on Friday afternoon after missing the series finale.
“What that means is he’s got to go through some tests, which include coming out here and taking batting practice, running around, catching fly balls, things like that,” Bochy said. “Then, he’ll go through some other tests and see the doctors.
“If all goes well and he passes all of the tests, then he’ll play tomorrow,” Bochy added. “Right now, he’s at zero symptoms, but this is part of the deal when you have the possibility of having a concussion. My hope is he’s fine to go tomorrow.”
Williamson was called up to take over for Hunter Pence, who was placed on the disabled list with a thumb sprain. In five games, he’s batted .316 with three home runs.
Initially, Williamson didn’t experience any negative side affects from his fall. Yet, the Giants are being cautious not to bring further harm to their young outfielder.
“He didn’t have any symptoms, but did get a little lightheaded when he was doing some baseball activities a couple of days ago,” Bochy said. “So that’s why he was shut down. He’s not showed any symptoms since. Like I said, if all goes well and he passes the tests he’ll play tomorrow.
“If not, then obviously he’ll be put on the concussion DL.”