When Xander Bogaerts was pelted on the head by a Felix Hernandez pitch Friday, he appeared to suffer a concussion and the expectaction was hed miss some time.
That was confirmed by Red Sox manager John Farrell, who after yesterdays 8-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners announced that the shortstop will be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, leaving him ineligible to play until Aug. 30 at Tampa Bay.
Its been getting better, Bogaerts said after two days of tests. I feel good, but I think its just something to be safe, to make sure Im fully healthy when I come back. Ive never been on the DL at all. It will be a long five days without playing baseball, I guess.
With the brief break, the Red Sox will bring up 26-year-old infielder Carlos Rivero from Triple-A Pawtucket and add him to the 40-man roster. Acquired last winter as a minor league free agent, Rivero is batting .286 with five homers, 36 RBI and a .748 OPS in 74 games for Pawtucket.
I mean, I feel good, but just listening to the training staff and what their opinion is, Ive never been hit on the head and had something like this, so just listening to them, Im day-by-day, Bogaerts said.
Bogaerts, who will not travel with the team to Toronto, has struggled at the plate over the last three months. In his last 59 games, Bogaerts is batting .145 with a .190 on-base percentage and dreadfully low .401 OPS.
Allen Webster had another up-and-down outing as the starter in yesterdays loss at Fenway. He gave up three first-inning runs, seemed to settle down in the second and third, then allowed three runs over the fourth and fifth to give up a 5-3 lead the Red Sox took in the third inning.
He gave up some quirky base hits: a check swing to (Austin) Jackson to lead off; a cue shot by (Kyle) Seager the other way, Farrell said. They bunched their hits together. Then when we staked him to the lead. … The thing we continue to stress is the unanswered runs. When we score, the ability to put up a zero is key. For us to snap out of where we are, its going to come from more consistency on the mound.
For Webster, his six runs allowed were his season high, yet he also tied his career-high with five strikeouts. His ERA grew to 5.81.
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