Mookie Betts hurt as Red Sox fall to White Sox – Boston Globe
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Third baseman Pablo Sandoval came to the aid of center fielder Mookie Betts, who was injured trying to make a catch in the sixth inning.
Mookie Betts made a running catch and hurtled the bullpen fence in right-center field on Tuesday night, playing with abandon for a last-place Red Sox team headed for another loss.
It seemed to be one of the best catches of the season, a home run stolen from Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu to end the top of the sixth inning.
In the age of video replay, and in a season in which nothing has gone right for the Red Sox, it was not to be.
The ball rolled out of Betts’s glove after he tumbled over the fence and slammed into the ground. Chicago requested a review and the initial call of a catch was overturned.
Abreu had his home run, Betts came away with symptoms consistent with a concussion, and the Red Sox were left with a 9-4 loss.
Betts injured trying to make play
Betts landed hard on his head and neck while tumbling into the bullpen in the sixth inning.
“As far as a freak play, there’s been a number of them this year,” said manager John Farrell, who has to be wondering what else can happen.
The Sox have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Over the last two nights they have allowed 19 runs on 29 hits — 19 of them for extra bases — against the White Sox.
This latest skid has left Farrell with a 212-213 record in three seasons as manager of the Red Sox and there are 61 games remaining.
The concern for the moment is for Betts, who was taken out of the game and sent to Massachusetts General Hospital for a CT scan. At a very minimum, Betts would have to pass a cognitive test conducted by Major League Baseball before playing again. It is more likely he will land on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
“We have to get some further information from the tests,” Farrell said.
As the play was being reviewed, Betts walked in from the outfield, became dizzy, and sat down on the grass in front of the dugout.
“That’s him. He was going all out, playing hard,” teammate David Ortiz said. “It’s a …Read More