Former Pack Star Church Says He's Fully Recovered

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Despite suffering two concussions within an 11-week span, former Wolf Pack star and Mets outfielder Ryan Church says he's fully recovered and excited to play in 2009.

Church told the New York Newsday "Everything's been fine. I haven't had any setbacks, nothing like that. I woke up one morning during the month I took off and said, `Hey, it's gone.' A couple of days went by and I was like, `You know what? Wow, I'm feeling pretty good.' It's like night and day."

Church was batting .311 with nine home runs, 32 RBI and a .379 on-base percentage until he took a knee ot the head on May 20.

Church played in just 48 games from that point on, and hit .241 with three homers and 17 RBI.

"I was just probably trying too hard," Church told the Newsday. "Just trying to get it all back in one swing of the bat, and I think I just put a lot of pressure on myself. It was just one of those things that as a baseball player you're paid to play every day, and I wanted to play. So I rushed back.

"Maybe I did come back too soon. But I tried, so now, it's like, you know what, if I can play at that level in the big leagues, I can do anything I want to do regardless of the situation. I could have a sore wrist, a sore hand, a sore throat and I can still go out there and play."

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