The post concussion syndrome that landed Mets outfielder Ryan Church on the disabled list again has spurred the MLBPA to request treatment guidelines from Major League Baseball. There are several players that has been affected by concussions or even had their careers cut short including Mike Matheny and Corey Koskie.
Alan Schwartz of the NY Times reports this morning that the Players Association is questioning whether Church was treated properly my Mets medical personnel.
There’s been so much speculation about Church’s treatment this season. And rightfully so. The Times article even brings up the possibility that Church could be able to sue the Mets medical staff if it’s determined that he wasn’t treated optimally for his concussion and/or post concussion symptoms.
Boston Red Sox infielder Marty Barrett sued the team’s doctor for lost wages in 1995 and won $1.7 million because it was determined that Dr. Arthur Pappas had withheld information from Barrett about the severity of a knee injury.
You could certainly make the case the Ryan Church’s situation parallel’s that law suit in some respects.
Although there are issues related to Church, the gist of the MLBPA’s request is to establish treatment guidelines in baseball for concussions. A spokesman for MLB said that concussion treatment will be addressed after the season at the winter meetings.