After traveling to Pittsburgh to be evaluated by concussion specialist Michael Collins, Getz has been shut down for the rest of the season.
"Effectively he's finished for the year," Royals head athletic trainer Nick Kenney said. "We will have a return appointment with Dr. Collins in approximately three weeks from now. As we all know, Major League Baseball as well as the NFL and NHL, are taking a very hard stance against concussions. There has to be certain guidelines in place. We are following those guidelines at this point in time."
Getz just couldn't seem to shake the lingering symptoms of a concussion he suffered on Sept. 12 when sliding head first into second base. Not only did his head whip up during the slide, but the ball also struck him in the head.
Getz worked out at Comerica Park on Monday in hopes of returning to the lineup sometime before the series concluded. He didn't have a problem when riding a stationary bike or fielding ground balls, but he experienced dizziness when moving his head up and down to catch popups.
That dizziness in itself was enough to keep Getz out of the lineup in Detroit, as MLB requires all players who suffered a concussion to be symptom free for 48 hours. Collins said it would take two or three weeks before Getz's symptoms are resolved, thus effectively ending his season.
Kenney said Getz wasn't experiencing headaches, nausea, disorientation or ringing in his ears when stationary. However, when moving his head, Getz feels off-balance and the concussion symptoms return.
Getz is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training. He hit .237 with nine doubles and 18 RBIs in 72 games this year for the Royals. Getz will rejoin the team in Cleveland on Thursday.
"He should be fully capable and ready in Spring Training," Kenney said. "As a matter of fact, we anticipate him being ready to participate in his offseason program, which will start in November."