TAMPA, Fla. -- Russell Wilson's invitation to camp is already paying dividends for the Yankees. Clint Frazier said late on Wednesday that he senses improvement in his concussion symptoms, and the outfielder credited the Seahawks quarterback with an assist for his advice.
Frazier was diagnosed with what the Yankees called a "mild" concussion after making a leaping, tumbling catch on Saturday against the Pirates at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. Though he is still experiencing headaches, Frazier said that he was able to take 25 swings in the batting cage on Wednesday without nausea.
"It's slowly progressing, but I feel like I'm myself right now," Frazier said. "Early this morning, I didn't feel good because my head was feeling weird. I talked to Russell and he told me to drink a ton of water. I think I've drunk a gallon at least today. He described that's what they do in the NFL. … I feel alive right now."
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The 23-year-old Frazier said that this is the first time that he has been diagnosed with a concussion. He was able to sit on the dugout bench during Wednesday's 9-6 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers, and said that he did not experience sensitivity to sunlight.
"It's scary, man. It is," Frazier said. "I feel a lot better, but I've got to get rid of all the symptoms before I can go out and contribute with the rest of the guys."
Frazier, who is vying to make the Opening Day roster despite the Yankees' crowded, star-studded outfield alignment, said that the concussion will not prompt him to alter his aggressive nature.
"No. It just makes me realize I've got to be a little bit better in the outfield," Frazier said. "Obviously they'll probably have some moments that might scare me a little bit, but this isn't going to change how I play. Maybe refine a few things, but I'm still going to go all-out and show these guys how much I want to be a part of this team."
Gleyber Torres had a mixed afternoon in the field on Wednesday. Torres attempted to shovel a grounder to shortstop Didi Gregorius, an error that opened the door for Detroit's four-run third inning, but he also made a nifty sliding stab to pick a sharp grounder in the fourth.
"He's just got it when he's out on the field," Boone said. "There's a comfort level to the way he plays the game. And even though that's a mistake in that [third-inning] spot, I don't think it's a result of him moving over to second."
• Wednesday's lineup was not necessarily indicative of how the Yankees will stack their right-handed bats against lefties this season, according to Boone, who said that "it was more about wanting to get guys two to three at-bats. It's kind of more about that still right now."
He said it
"It's exciting. The other team just can't let your guard down with the kind of players that we have. We've got a fun team, a lot of good guys to be around. I'm just excited for Opening Day." -- Aaron Judge
Carsten Sabathia will make his first start of the spring on Thursday as the Yankees visit the Phillies for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest in Clearwater, Fla., live on MLB.TV and MLB Network. Nick Pivetta starts for Philadelphia. The Yanks' travel squad will include Brandon Drury, Jacoby Ellsbury, Estevan Florial, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres.