Frederick Keys outfielder Trent Mummey is progressing well after sustaining a concussion in May 4 against the Winston Salem Dash.
Mummey was going for a ball in left center field and dove and hit head first into the wall. He was down for several minutes until paramedics were able to take him to the hospital where he was then diagnosed with the concussion.
"I remember going after the ball, running for it, diving for it and remembering the initial contact," Mummey said. "I remember right when I hit it like the fill of well I don't remember what hit me it was just like bam. I remember the trainers coming over and asking me questions and keeping me awake."
It was a scary moment throughout the stadium as the crowd grew concerned for their center- fielder. Mummey said he was fortunate for the trainers and knew the injury could have been a lot worse.
"I was just sitting there dazed and confused but the trainers did a really good job," Mummey said. "I was fortunate to have the outcome I did. If it would have been any other concrete or wall or if I would have hit a harder part of the wall it might have done a lot more damage. The training staff did a really great job with me. One thing to do is to thank them for the help they gave me."
The progress is moving day by day for Mummey with no headaches in the past five days. He is planning on hitting the ball off a tee soon and doing some on the field physical workouts.
"I got cleared by the doctor to start doing some physical activity," Mummey said.
"Wednesday I rode a bike for twenty minutes and today I was able to get some jogging in and some sprints in. Just progressing and feeling better each day so I can get back on the field in about two weeks. They definitely don't want to rush me on any of this because it was a pretty bad head injury."
The former Auburn player was a fourth round pick by the Orioles in the 2010 MLB draft. He started off in Single-A Delmarva of the South Atlantic League in 2011 and hit .291 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 14 games for the Shorebirds.
Mummey was promoted to Advanced Single-A Frederick and made his debut for the team April 25 and went 4-6 with five RBI.
The injury happened during a stretch Mummey was playing very well on both sides of the ball. In 10 games as a member of the Keys the Alabama native is hitting .263 with six RBI. He also has an on-base-percentage of .349.
"I was enjoying my time here," Mummey said. "I definitely started off hot, but this is one of those things where you have to look over it and continue to progress and look for the future and not the past. I have been through situations like this before like last year when I fractured my fibula and missed 28 games in college baseball. I came back and had the best season of my life so I can hopefully come back from this injury and have a great season."
Mummey says he knows the feeling of sitting out of games and absolutely hates it but this time he knew how to handle it a little better than in the past instances. He adds that accompanying the team on their most recent road trip and watching the games here at home in the dugout just adds fuel to the fire for wanting to come back from the concussion.
Originally the 22-year-old was not sure how long he was going to be out of action. He was instantly placed on the 7-day-DL. Concussions are always hard to dissect and can be hard to determine initially when a return is possible.
"I really didn't know how long it was going to be until I started feeling better," Mummey said. "Every day when I would get out of bed I would get a headache and it was just mentally stressful on me because I didn't know how long I would be out, but luckily I have progressed really well this past week and it just keeps getting better and better."
Miguel Abreu said he was shouting "Wall! Wall!" to Mummey, but the center-fielder did not hear anything while trying to make the play.
"I didn't hear anything. I am sure he said it but it was in the moment. I thought I knew where the wall was but I was running so fast, I dove, laid out for it and completely skipped the warning track. Normally on a ball like that I thought I was going too land on the warning track since I wasn't on the warning track but I completely leaped from the grass into the wall."
Mummey said he has learned his lesson that diving and hitting the wall head first is a possibility and added he will keep that in the back of his mind literally from here on out.
Keys Manager Orlando Gomez is encouraged by the progress of the Orioles prospect. He still wants to be precautions with him and to keep the pace and not rush him back to where he is overwhelmed.
"Right now every day we check and every day I ask and he is feeling better and better," Gomez said. "We are going to go day by day and we have to get him in baseball shape."