Shoulder Not An Issue For Williams

CHARLESTON, SC – Mason Williams was removed from a game against the Delmarva Shorebirds on May 8 after attempting to make a diving catch in centerfield.

"I dove and fell wrong on my left shoulder," Williams said. "It was like a hard bang, but that's about it. It was just a bad fall."

Williams did not play in the next three games, but has since returned to the Charleston RiverDogs lineup. Although the injury, at first, appeared to be more serious, Williams insists that it is not.

"Actually, I really am glad it's nothing serious," Williams said. "I feel like right now it's getting better."

Neither Williams nor manager Carlos Mendoza think it will affect hit approach.

"He could have played the next day, but we played it safe with him," Mendoza said. "We gave him a couple days off and made sure he was fine. He was able to get a couple days of batting practice and he was fine. But, I'm not concerned at all."

Earlier this season against the Hickory Crawdads, Williams hurt his shoulder on a similar play. However, Williams says the two incidents are unrelated.

Considering Williams' propensity to make diving plays in the outfield and given the risk associated with these plays, there is a chance that this could be a recurrence. Nonetheless, Williams will continue to play centerfield with the same tenacity.

"Right now I'm just going to go out there and play hard and still play the game right," Williams said. "I'm just ready to hit, just ready to get out there."

"It's part of the game," Mendoza added. "You see that pretty much every day, guys diving for balls and they can hurt their shoulder. There's always a risk with the wrist, hand, finger, shoulder, anything, but I don't think it will affect the way he plays.

"It happened before to him and you see him make great plays pretty much every game so you know he's going to play hard and give us a good effort."

While the injury was, at first, an unnerving situation for the coaching staff, the final diagnosis for Williams seems very satisfying.

"We had a scary moment but it's just one of those things that happens in a game," Mendoza said. "He was out a couple of days but he's now back in the lineup so hopefully he'll stay healthy the whole year and we'll have fun watching him play."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I dove and fell wrong on my left shoulder,\" Williams said. \"It was like a hard bang, but that's about it. It was just a bad fall.\"
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\r\nWilliams did not play in the next three games, but has since returned to the Charleston RiverDogs lineup. Although the injury, at first, appeared to be more serious, Williams insists that it is not.
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\r\n\"Actually, I really am glad it's nothing serious,\" Williams said. \"I feel like right now it's getting better.\"
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\r\nNeither Williams nor manager Carlos Mendoza think it will affect hit approach.
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\r\n\"He could have played the next day, but we played it safe with him,\" Mendoza said. \"We gave him a couple days off and made sure he was fine. He was able to get a couple days of batting practice and he was fine. But, I'm not concerned at all.\"
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\r\nEarlier this season against the Hickory Crawdads, Williams hurt his shoulder on a similar play. However, Williams says the two incidents are unrelated.
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\r\nConsidering Williams' propensity to make diving plays in the outfield and given the risk associated with these plays, there is a chance that this could be a recurrence. Nonetheless, Williams will continue to play centerfield with the same tenacity.
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\r\n\"Right now I'm just going to go out there and play hard and still play the game right,\" Williams said. \"I'm just ready to hit, just ready to get out there.\"
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\r\n\"It's part of the game,\" Mendoza added. \"You see that pretty much every day, guys diving for balls and they can hurt their shoulder. There's always a risk with the wrist, hand, finger, shoulder, anything, but I don't think it will affect the way he plays.
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\r\n\"It happened before to him and you see him make great plays pretty much every game so you know he's going to play hard and give us a good effort.\"
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\r\nWhile the injury was, at first, an unnerving situation for the coaching staff, the final diagnosis for Williams seems very satisfying.
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\r\n\"We had a scary moment but it's just one of those things that happens in a game,\" Mendoza said. \"He was out a couple of days but he's now back in the lineup so hopefully he'll stay healthy the whole year and we'll have fun watching him play.\"
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