5/28 Baker OK after ocular migraine

Jeff Baker’s vision was fine on Friday after suffering an ocular migraine during Thursday’s game which caused him to temporarily lose his sight in his right eye. Baker left Thursday’s game in the eighth inning after the Dodgers’ Russell Martin bounced a single past him and the third baseman didn’t move to get the ball. He actually started having troubles in the bottom of the seventh when he was putting his batting helmet on.

“Instead of getting pain and a headache, it just knocked out the vision in my right eye,” Baker said Friday. “It started when I was in the dugout. I wear glasses in day games and I thought I had a scratch on my glasses. I took them off and it wasn’t going away. It progressively got worse and I couldn’t see out of there.

“I was hoping it would go away real quick, and it didn’t go away and that’s when I came out of the game,” he said.

Baker said he never got migraines before.

“I do now,” he said.

Did he see Martin’s single to left?

“I heard it, I saw it for a second barely,” Baker said. “I didn’t move. I don’t know why, to be honest. I didn’t see it very well. I didn’t pick it up. I looked in the dugout at [athletic trainer] Ed [Halbur] and he asked me if I was OK, and I said, ‘It’s not getting better.'”

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

This happens to me from time to time. I’ve actually had two in the last week. It is no fun. The “blindness” starts out as a small blurry spot, and it gets progressively bigger as time goes on. It lasts for about 30 to 40 minutes, then, about 75% of the time, 15 minutes later I get a massive headache…sometimes lasting into the next day. I know Baker said he didn’t get a headache after his, but they aren’t uncommon.

I believe this “ocular migraine” stuff also happened to Mark DeRosa when he was on the Cubs a few years ago. That’s actually how I found out what it was called because it was mentioned in a Tribune article about his blurred vision.

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