Bobby Wilson took a foul ball off the mask in the third inning Saturday.
He's a catcher. It's expected.
Except that Wilson was in a Salt Lake uniform on a two-day rehab assignment following a trip to the seven-day disabled list after suffering a concussion from a foul tip to his catcher's mask while playing for the Los Angeles Angels on June 4.
And it wasn't the first concussion for the 29-year-old, who spent parts of four seasons with the Bees, on the losing end of a 2-1 score against Fresno as 14,763 spectators looked on at Spring Mobile Ballpark on fireworks night.
Who knows what happens the next time.
"It's definitely a concern," Wilson said. "I'm taking every measure I can to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Wilson tried to play through the head injury, but the Angels quickly reacted. Head trauma is serious business, especially from a 90-mph fastball fouled straight back into the head.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, most times caused by a blow to the head. The impact shakes the brain inside the skull. It's become a source of contention with the NFL.
Major League Baseball umpires have also felt the impact.
"I don't know what it would be like to be punched by a boxer, but it's got to feel pretty close," said Wilson, who changed from the lighter-weight titanium mask to another style that is supposed to absorb the blows better.
It didn't take but a moment after getting his head rattled that Wilson felt fatigue, flushed and drowsy. His vision became blurry.
There is the natural concern about permanent damage.
"I could take another blow and be done forever, which would be unfortunate because this is something I've done my entire life," Wilson said. "It's all that I know."
Storylines Grizzlies 2, Bees 1
R Salt Lake starter Eric Hurley allows four hits and a run in seven innings.
• Fresno's Yusmeiro Petit allows six hits and one run in six innings.