Red Sox 1st Baseman Sean Casey ready for the field ?

Sean Thomas Casey, nicknamed -the Mayor - is the first baseman for the Boston Red Sox and a player that has been suffering neck painSean Thomas Casey, nicknamed "the Mayor" is the first baseman for the Boston Red Sox and a player that has been suffering neck pain. Since last week he has not been able to play and has been using rolled up towels to ease his neck pain. Last Thursday he was scheduled a cervical MRI- Casey has been out for 7 games in a row and want to make sure of a diagnosis for his neck pain before hitting the ball full force. Casey first experienced this neck pain when playing in Japan. "Japan was the first time I ever had any neck pain in my life," Casey said. "It's in the same spot. It gets better every day, but I can't get over the hump. I'm hoping I wake up one day and it's, 'Hey, everything's fine.' Hopefully it's soon. It has calmed down a ton."

Cervical MRI shows a cross sectional image of the neck in slices: Great diagnostic tool for herniated discs in the cervical spine
A cervical MRI is a special diagnostic tool that will show what is going on at the disc level. With an MRI even different types of tissue within the same organ can easily be seen. Unlike standard X-rays, and CT Scans, it does not use radiation. MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to create sharp images. An MRI of the neck consists of about 2 to 6 sequences of pictures, each lasting 2 to 5 minutes. Each sequence shows a cross-section of the neck.

As of today, Casey has been able to hit and take ground balls and should be available to play tomorrow. His Manager, Terry Francona agreed that he would be back in play tomorrow.

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Photo of Cervical MRI by Flikr: BigFaceMom1
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