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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Stewart (dehydration) leaves game

By Matt Ehalt

Yankees catcher Chris Stewart is feeling better after leaving Saturday's game with dehydration. He departed after driving in the Yankees' lone run in the fourth inning and is hopeful to play Sunday in the series finale.

"My body just felt weak," Stewart said after the Yankees' 11-1 loss to Boston. "Feel alright now. Hopefully good night's sleep, re-hydrate tonight and feel good tomorrow."

Stewart said he felt some of the symptoms before the game while he was stretching. During the game, he experienced some blurred vision. Stewart had two plate appearances, drawing a walk and hitting a sacrifice fly, before the team pulled him before the top of the fifth inning.

"I just felt kind of drained; tired feeling," Stewart said. "I tried to just work myself through it and just got to a point where it was too much and didn't want to take any chances out there where I could pass out. Probably wouldn't be a good thing. Took me out of the game immediately."

After being removed, Stewart drank water and Gatorade to replenish his fluids, and ran through a battery of tests, including a balance test and a blood pressure tests. Earlier in the game, he took a ball off his face mask so the staff wanted to make sure he didn't have a concussion. Stewart said he's had heat exhaustion before, but has never dealt with something like this.

"Maybe just the humidity. I couldn't stop sweating," Stewart said. "Sodium just flew out of my body and couldn't get it back in my body quick enough. I don't know."

Stewart missed time with a strained left groin in May, and has been serving as the team's starter behind the plate since Francisco Cervelli went on the disabled list with a fractured right hand in April. Stewart is hitting .262 and has eight RBIs.

He was replaced in the game by touted prospect Austin Romine who went 0-for-1. Romine is now hitting .100 with two RBIs and has four hits in 40 at-bats.