Church returns to New York for tests

Church returns to New York for tests

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets right fielder Ryan Church was in New York on Monday for more tests after a migraine forced him out of Saturday's game against the Phillies and resulted in him sitting out on Sunday.

According to the Mets, Church saw a concussion specialist on Monday and was given an MRI for both his head and neck. Both tests came back negative, and Church is listed as day-to-day.

Church was pulled in the eighth inning Saturday for symptoms that a doctor in New York diagnosed as a migraine. But with recent issues surrounding Church and his health, including a bout with post-concussion syndrome that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on June 9, Mets general manager Omar Minaya said the club was taking extra safeguards.

In fact, the choice to see a doctor was not made by Church, and Minaya said that decision was "taken out of his hands" by the team.

"He was feeling OK, much better, but that being said, we wanted to take a precautionary [measure] and send him back to New York," Minaya said before Monday's game aqainst the Phillies.

Minaya said this visit would be to one of two doctors Church has consulted with in the process of trying to recover from this injury. Church suffered his second concussion of the season on May 20, when Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar's knee collided with Church's head as he slid into second base.

No decision has been made as to whether Church will receive more rest before resuming play, as Minaya said they will wait for the test results to come back and then re-evaluate the situation based on how Church feels on a day-to-day basis.

Minaya said that the Mets' doctors have called Church's symptoms -- such as the burning sensation in his eyes -- as "normal" signs of a migraine. He even remembers Church dealing with headaches when both were in Montreal.

Admittedly, Minaya is learning every day from Church's concussion, much like he did with Carlos Beltran's in 2005, because Minaya said no collision could get much worse than the one Mets center fielder had with Mike Cameron. But if Church is to see the field in the coming weeks, it will be after the team doctors are assured that his headaches are not associated with post-concussion syndrome.

"He's going to be playing when our doctors give him clearance to play," Minaya said. "If they give clearance, he will play."

Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.