Former Astros 1B Coach Rich Dauer Had Subdural Hematoma After World Series

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: First Base Coach Rich Dauer #48 of the Houston Astros stands in the dugout prior to the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on September 8, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Astros 4-0. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
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Former Houston Astros first base coach Rich Dauer has recovered from an acute subdural hematoma, "a collection of blood outside the brain," that he suffered after the team's World Series victory, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

On Nov. 6, the team announced he went through emergency brain surgery; however, Dauer told Rosenthal his brain is "perfectly fine."

He had already planned to retire following the 2017 season.

The ailment came after the 65-year-old slipped and hit his head the night before the team's World Series parade. He went to the celebration, but he was forced to leave on a stretcher and was eventually brought to an emergency room at Houston Methodist.

Chances of survival prior to the surgery were considered just 3 percent, and according to Dr. David Cech, "most of these people end up vegetative, in a nursing home."

Fortunately, he was able to leave the hospital on Nov. 15 and is now apparently healthy.

Dauer had been with Houston since 2015 and a part of professional baseball for more than 40 years. The team has since promoted Alex Cintron to replace him as the team's first base coach for 2018.


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