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The Bradfo Show: Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn explains his recent ordeal

Jun 30, 2014|

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, who returned to Fenway Park for the first time since experiencing his medical scare in Cleveland. Colbrunn talks about the moments leading up to the incident, what he remembers in the hours after, and his road back to the Red Sox.

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It is nice secret. -- sore things that interest you -- I -- -- just it's. Just sit there and still -- -- Welcome to another -- in the draft photo shows sponsored -- always -- -- distinctive clothing. And hope knowing who insurance you won't find two better institutions today. Our guest will be Red Sox hitting coach Greg Coleman. Who is coming back. Offer medical emergency suffered in Cleveland a few weeks ago has not been with the team. Really a really amazing story and really scary story in regards to what happened near mound that day in Cleveland and and the days that thereafter. And and really how long has taken him to come back and that also is a great sign that he was back at Fenway Park on Monday night. Prior to the -- -- game against the Cubs. Colbert will talk all about it -- call about the incident talk all about the days right after. Talk about the recovery time it really is a remarkable remarkable. Tale of something that he didn't see coming. Red -- since becoming. Really nobody could see coming but shook the foundation of the team for quite awhile for that that and Craig Colbert but Greg welcome back. It's been probably -- few weeks for you but if you could just take me through. Exactly what you went through BK is we we've got news and we get trickling in new information but he could take me -- back to that today. Where I guess news for -- suffering from headaches and what you're going through and what happened after that. Com do well started about. -- -- Wednesday were -- Cleveland in -- you don't invest about 1230 about 121512100. What to get up UMass stuff but don't get on -- bus. And it just felt like my had a bad headache and then my neck have been mother may have had neck surgery in the past whatever and everything kind of tense stuff and it's like -- what's going on here so I ended up on us there's chicken I could get on the bus in everything just keeps getting worse and in my home and feel good. So tucking the trainer in a given taxied onto the field. And at that time I just figured it was you know my next to everything -- -- and maybe some got out of whack or something. So need them. Grave when whenever trainers. You know -- kind of comes down the muscles and all. And to be honest from about 1 -- I don't remember and no recollection them until about three days later. -- so and so we gave a particular hospital -- imagine that you need to do you just -- go from there -- happened to local and what did they say -- -- hit the bits and pieces I've got I guess you know over the course the next 45 hours -- whatever. We'll dissect him we're not really make sense that. Known with a case to and just not being myself so far about 4:5 o'clock maybe six. This knows. -- team doctor came over affect me down. Thank this doesn't. Sound too good I guess that's complain about bad headache and everything's -- -- taking me over Lutheran hospital which was the closest ones stadium. And it cat scan and -- over the put -- or whatever so they rushed me to the Cleveland clinic speakers. You several well equipped to handle that so. From there was and probably the best is going now -- -- -- more about it of all places would be probably throughout the nation the Cleveland clinic for the best places to be so. In good hands and they took care of me from there. There was no so there is no signs no warning signs no history of any of this now and go to finally -- -- into the reserves and final at the world afternoon in you know. So after I gotta ask a couple weeks later. You know Serena on and on and this -- those things happen and you know. People lot of people that element because and they don't get access to a hospital rather don't really think that passed up by themselves and everything happened so look at us fortunate to be in great hands with the Red Sox and because in Cleveland and you know get real good care and hopefully nothing ever comes of it. When when you kind of come to and they start on you what happened or those days like -- in the next couple days after. You again you got consciousness and they can explain to you -- or those days. -- knows where I mean I guess at that that happened Wednesday and my first recollection is like Friday night narrow election there are things in the game on front nine and Saturday my wife was there and it was like four or five hours and so's you know. Pain medication and just because my head with her so it was a two weeks kind of went by you know my short term memory was good bad putt. The more you learn about it you know when you're in the hospital like -- to stick and it's recurring engine. And I am not really concerned about what you know you're more concerned with my head hurts me some medication -- -- And then you know being home for the last couple weeks whatever you look into it and I hope we count. It's fine and -- what the actual procedure was fun and out why they happened and then -- the incentive. When the repercussions -- the prognosis. Was the rehab going to be and I can only find out all the stuff from my mom thankful to be alive. Well and so when when you're going through now you're here you know what happened you get all the research and everything else. Q when do you start thinking about coming back door -- is there a time where is thinking you know this might jeopardize. A year this might jeopardize your career role when when you start thinking about your actual future. To be honest you know once you know got my wits about me probably first weeks and a week in the hospital for -- in on the neurosurgeon. And I'm talking and then now right okay. There and prognosis you're going to be fine. So what's gonna happen you know and get. Finally get to to about my head because of the training and the pressure and all I don't forget that under square go home for a couple weeks take it easy you know you army fatigue. Short term memory is not going to be okay put the quicker you can get back into your normal life the better off you'll be so. All the stats you don't really think about because you know Arthurs saying okay this is what happened on now. Prognosis is going to be fun. I just -- the rest recovery. Go to your stamina and all -- can go from there so. You don't really have those -- if you remember the day where you said okay I'm ready I'm ready to come back well I mean at that -- -- talked about we -- half ago looking at the schedule talking. That's -- all and you know outside yesterday it was -- up and it seemed like come -- and he's back into it so just be thankful that the rest you know it in my as a program. Victor does a real good job so you know affiliate. With stuff from is sit and watch games on TV but on there and good hands. Well it's close to mastery at a certain point I would imagine you -- in the games. And that whole stuff has pushed to the back burner all of sudden he probably won't get back and you're looking at game sort of the critical -- of hitting coach overmatched. For a Muslim coach and an and I are watching games here and there on the West Coast for ten days and I'm you know trying to stay away from if I have got to get some sleep they see the at bats you seem. The struggles or whatever they see the good at bats and you know -- -- in the these guys on river bases in the underdog on the right things working through it working on the right things. In my view we're questioned voted to do is due to give you a different perspective at all. -- than on finding out what actually transpired. Now my goal count you know. Learn more about what actually happened in the mortality rate and everything and looking you know to be thankful I am -- -- with the Red Sox. Also look. My official if it. It was so what's the plan now DC talk about easing back into and is it just -- -- here or do you have it set plan. On the this my first day back in on the some of the repercussion from seven. Retinoids -- and if I guess who has classified -- this you know fatigue you'll tired of semantics or whatever announced this kind of built on the stand -- spilled enough. You know. Brain how long can focus on that and talked and you know things like that so that verbally but it's a concentration level on focus and using you know remembering. For longer stint so it's just say tomorrow do the better off probably what's the thing you miss the most -- -- -- around and -- around you know. The game in and they only do so -- -- come of the trillion miss coaches players dismissed don't know. Ball I know what people are glad you factor in and -- suited to sit here at Fenway Park after. Worried Arizona. Since two weeks in Cleveland and went back on their Charleston when those. -- home and all that was nice relaxation. You know -- in the -- -- being in Fenway you know on the greatest places in the world especially during the summer. And I it's nice to be sent there. Thanks so much stronger thank you.

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