Getz gets full clearance months after concussion

Getz gets full clearance months after concussion

KANSAS CITY -- It's full-go for Royals second baseman Chris Getz.

Getz, who suffered a concussion on Sept. 12 at Chicago, was given full clearance to play baseball on Thursday, when he visited his specialist, Dr. Micky Collins, in Pittsburgh.

"We're off and running; it's pretty good news," Getz said. "No restrictions, full clearance."

Getz was struck in the back of the head by a throw while stealing second base, ending his season. He felt dizzy at times late in the season and afterward, but those symptoms are gone.

He'd been doing virtually everything anyway since his last examination a month ago, working out in Chicago with ex-teammate David DeJesus.

But the Royals wanted Getz to get full clearance before Spring Training, where he's expected to be the leading candidate to start at second base.

Did the doctor say anything about perhaps wearing a helmet while he was on the field at second?

"The old John Olerud thing?" Getz said. "No, that wasn't brought up thankfully, because that's really not the first thing I want to do: wear a helmet while I'm in the field. But no, nothing like that. Everything's regular. I don't need to have any sort of different equipment or protection."

Getz plans to get to the Royals' camp at Surprise, Ariz., well ahead of the Feb. 18 reporting date for position players.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.