Powell makes A's debut after asthma scare

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Boog Powell made his Athletics debut a day later than he planned. He wound up in the emergency room on Friday night instead, after he struggled to breathe prior to the game.

Powell, acquired from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for Yonder Alonso, was fighting a cold and experienced an asthma attack that he said had him breathing at about 50 percent. He received a breathing treatment and was able to recover quickly. He arrived at the Coliseum about noon on Saturday, ate and began testing himself with some game-speed running.

"Yesterday, I was so let down with myself not being able to make my debut with the A's. Today's the day," Powell said.

The breathing issue was the worst Powell could remember, and he only had a couple of asthma attacks as a child.

"I think it was just a mixture of being sick, just a bunch of stuff stuck," he said. "I do not know what it was; yesterday during BP, I honestly could not breathe. I was breathing like 50 percent. I went to the ER and had them take a look at me. They gave me a breathing treatment and I started coughing up all the stuff that was in me. Woke up this morning and felt better, came here at 12 and ran outside -- ran as much as I would in any game, and I could tolerate it."

Oakland manager Bob Melvin wrote Powell into the lineup leading off and playing center field for the middle game of a series against the Baltimore Orioles, and Powell's parents stayed in town for his second try after the scare. Powell had not experienced an asthma attack in at least 10 years, though he keeps an inhaler with him at all times just in case.


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