SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will take their time in bringing catcher Mike Matheny back to action. There is no hurry, no timetable. While he's known as "Iron Mike" for his job dedication and seeming imperviousness to injury and tiredness, the concussion he incurred last week in Florida on a 100 mph foul tip to his head has left him still in a foggy state, his vision still affected. Matheny rejoined his teammates Monday, wearing his Giants uniform but admittedly not himself.
"I'm still a little behind, not quite right," said Matheny, who estimated he was rattled by pitches to the head four or five times in less than a week. "Everything is in a fog, and I feel slow, not quite right." Matheny, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to last Thursday, remembered getting drilled several times on his mask and helmet Monday against the Marlins, but early in Wednesday's game came the final blow, that shot to the forehead. "I knew something wasn't right and I was having trouble focusing after being hit a couple of times Monday," said Matheny. "Wednesday put it over the edge. I had no balance, couldn't do what I needed to do. [Getting hit] isn't painful. You go black for a second." The 34-year-old player thought the Giants were being a bit overprotective when they sent him to the University of Pittsburgh's head-trauma specialist, Dr. Michael Collins, the next day for a battery of tests. Matheny was wrong. "[Trainer] Stan Conte took the bull by the horns and sent me there, which was a good decision," said Matheny, who admitted being alarmed when doctors told him continuing to play "would have been a bad decision." He'll still be monitored by the physicians at Pitt until he fully recovers. Omar, Barry voting update: The latest balloting results for the 77th All-Star Game in Pittsburgh's PNC Park on July 11 shows Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel still in the running, ranked fifth overall among shortstops with 196,407 votes.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.