BOSTON — At least for a day, Brock Holt is back on the big league roster. His road has been long, but more than that, scary.
The Red Sox infielder was activated from the 60-day disabled list as the team’s 26th man for Sunday’s doubleheader vs. the Yankees, after he landed on the disabled list April 21 with vertigo. It took 24 rehab games, with stops and starts in between, before he could come back as he’s dealt with issues of disorientation — which aren't new to him in recent years.
“Earlier, doubts start to creep into your mind,” Holt said. “That first time I tried to rehab, I think I played two weeks worth of games and never felt good in any of them. You start thinking. When you’re down there trying to compete and play and you’re not able to do it, I think there were times when I wondered if I would ever get back to normal or if that was my new normal.
“But, I would say I had to get talked off the ledge a couple of times from [concussion expert Micky Collins] in Pittsburgh and my wife. They set me back on the straightened path, but it was hard, man. Emotionally, physically, something that obviously I would have rather not had to go through. But, like I said, it’s going to make me stronger and I’m glad to be back.”
Holt spoke to former Red Sox catcher David Ross about the concussions he dealt with in his career.
“I talked to him over the phone a couple of times, and then I saw him in Houston when we went to Houston and talked to him in person,” Holt said. “I talked to Brian Roberts with the Orioles who worked with Micky Collins, and I actually had a conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as well, who kind of went through similar stuff as me. I think his was a little more intense.
“But it was nice talking to those guys, knowing that they got better, and that was big for me: being able to talk to guys who have been through it. You can talk to your training staff, your teammates, my family even, and you can explain how you feel, but no one really knows. … They’re living normal lives now.”
Holt’s roster move was one of three for the Red Sox on Sunday after a 16-inning loss to the Yankees on Saturday night. (This is a day after Joe Kelly went on the DL with a left hamstring strain and Brandon Workman was recalled, mind you.)
The other moves Sunday:
- Righty Blaine Boyer went to the 10-day DL with a right elbow strain.
- Righty Austin Maddox came up from Triple-A Pawtucket.