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Tommy Joseph: Could Play Winter Ball

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 4:29 AM


Joseph may play winter ball if he gets a clean bill of health from Micky Collins, a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "He has been medically cleared 100 percent for baseball activities by [two other] doctors he has seen," Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said. "There was a little bit of conflicting information from the two doctors even though they both cleared him 100 percent. We said, 'Listen, let's send him up [to Pittsburgh] . . . to get a third opinion from the best guy in the business - Collins - and hopefully it puts him at ease, us at ease, and everything is a go.' "


Joseph saw Collins on Friday, so clearance should come this week. Joseph was mostly limited to catching drills during the instructional league this month. His only game action was four at-bats as a designated hitter. He was limited to just 35 games this past season due to a concussion that he suffered in early May.

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