Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz was lucky to avoid a career-threatening injury after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while cleaning a handgun two weeks ago
General manager Ben Cherington said the bullet went into Brentz’s leg and out the other side.
However, Cherington said the 24-year-old Brentz did not suffer more significant injury.
“He was at home cleaning a gun, and it accidentally went off,” Cherington said. “Fortunately for him, it’s something he’s going to recover from and be fine, and it won’t affect his baseball career.”
“I guess you could say he got lucky relative to what happened. I think he understands he got lucky. It’s a serious thing, and he has to be careful,” Cherington added.
Brentz, who was a non-roster invitee to big league camp, could play in a game before the end of spring training.
“Nothing serious. I am recovering fast and should be OK for the season,” said Brentz, who hit a combined .290 with 17 home runs and 76 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A last season.
He was the Red Sox’s supplemental first-round pick (36th overall) in the 2010 MLB draft out of Middle Tennessee State.