Catcher Bobby Wilson brings some levity to Angels clubhouse
Bobby Wilson suffered a concussion and a left-ankle sprain in a violent home-plate collision with New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira in Angel Stadium on April 23, but the reserve catcher's sense of humor remains firmly intact.
Wilson spent about three hours Friday undergoing tests with an Irvine neuropsychologist, who, among other things, checked Wilson's hand-eye coordination, his reactions, his memory and his recall ability.
"They didn't find anything in my head," Wilson said. "Just a hamster chasing a peanut."
Wilson, who is on the 15-day disabled list, was cleared by team doctors and trainers to fly, and he joined the Angels on Monday in Boston. He said the ankle "is close to 100% now," which was very encouraging considering doctors thought, after taking initial X-rays, Wilson had suffered a fracture.
Wilson has been throwing; he'll begin hitting Tuesday and catching in the bullpen Wednesday or Thursday.
"If all goes well," he said, "I could begin a [minor league] rehabilitation assignment by this weekend or early next week."
-- Mike DiGiovanna in Boston
Photo: Bobby Wilson takes part in spring drills with the Angels in March. Credit: Eric Risberg / Associated Press