Dodgers staff gets T.J. Simers to the ER during mini-stroke

Thumbnail image for falsone-on-kemp-53112.jpgLA Times columnist T.J. Simers was in his hotel room at baseball spring training in Arizona last week when he started showing the signs of a transient ischemic attack. He was falling and acting confused. Simers told the Times' Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez, who told team PR adviser Steve Brener, who got Simers on the phone with head trainer Sue Falsone, who listened to the symptom then sent trainer Aaron Schumacher to get the cranky sportswriter to the emergency room. Falsone gets the save, though Simers also credits "my training as an athlete — having played as much golf as I have."

Simers keeps his sense of humor in the column:

They had me stay overnight so the nurses could practice taking blood in the dark. Brener and Tom Lasorda stopped by. Lasorda used the bathroom so I would know he was there with me the whole way.

The Times' obit writer emailed to wish me well.

Hernandez stopped by to see if it was time to apply for the Page 2 column. Ned Colletti was a visitor. There were no Angels, and I was pretty happy about that because the last place you want to see angels is in a hospital.

They tell me I'll be fine. I'm supposed to interview Floyd Mayweather on Tuesday, so we'll see.

File photo of Falsone


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