Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts says he’s okay after being beaned in the head during the team’s 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners Friday night at Fenway Park. Bogaerts was removed from the game following the incident.
During an at-bat in the fifth inning, Mariners flamethrower Felix Hernandez nailed Bogaerts square in the head with an 89 mph pitch. The youngster collapsed to the ground in front of a silent home crowd. Hernandez’s pitch connected just above Bogaerts’ helmets’ ear piece. He remained in the game after being tended to by Boston’s training staff.
Brock Holt replaced Bogaerts in the sixth. He was taken off to be tested for a concussion. Despite the play, Bogaerts does not feel Hernandez intentionally threw at him.
“It probably slipped from his hand but it wasn’t done intentionally,” said Bogaerts when asked about the play following the game.
As one would expect after sustaining a blow to the head, Bogaerts confessed he was mentally rattled afterwards. He says his mind was not right when he took the field in the next inning.
“Once I got on defense, I was happy I didn’t get any ground balls,” said Bogaerts. “I kind of lost my focus a bit.”
The team has not been made aware of the results of his concussion tests. Bogaerts intends to show up to the park Saturday like any other day and go about his business.
“I’ll come in tomorrow and see how I feel. We’ll take it from there,” he added.
The Sox and Mariners will play Saturday from Fenway at 1:35 p.m. It would come as no surpirse if manager John Farrell decides to sit Bogaerts, test results aside.