Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius is within the midst of one of many worst seasons of his profession, and he’s pointing to at the least one distinction between this yr and final.
Gregorius mentioned he had been coping with problems after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. He informed the Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday the jab brought about him to develop pseudogout, a type of arthritis, and he’s been in ache ever since.
“Some folks say it’s from the vaccine. I’ll say it’s seemingly from that too,” Gregorius informed the Inquirer. “However if you say that, everybody seems to be at you such as you’re silly as a result of the vaccine isn’t speculated to be like that or provide you with that response.”
Gregorius mentioned he began to really feel the swelling in his elbow after receiving a second dose in April. Despite the fact that pseudogout will be handled with drugs, the shortstop mentioned the discomfort has not subsided.
The 31-year-old is in his second season with the Phillies. He’s performed in solely 89 video games and is hitting a career-worst .217 with 11 dwelling runs and a .650 OPS.
Paul Offit, a vaccine knowledgeable on the Youngsters’s Hospital of Philadelphia, informed the Inquirer that pseudogout has “nothing to do with the vaccine,” and it was doable the vaccine brought about a flare-up of pseudogout that Gregorius could not have identified about beforehand.
Gregorius additionally had Tommy John surgical procedure earlier than the beginning of the 2019 season when he was with the New York Yankees.