Red Sox prospect hurt in gun accident

Red Sox prospect hurt in gun accident
February 9, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Red Sox fans have to hope the news about one of the organization’s top prospects isn’t a sign of how things will go this season. The team shot itself in the foot plenty in 2012. Now, Bryce Brentz has nearly literally done the same thing.

Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning his gun.

"He had an accident," Boston general manager Ben Cherington told "He was at home [in Tennessee] cleaning a gun, and it accidentally went off. He was injured in the process. Fortunately for him, it's something he's going to recover from and be fine — and [it] won't affect his baseball career. He wasn't 100 percent physically able, or wouldn't be at the beginning of camp. We ended up not bringing him to big-league camp because he wouldn't be able to participate 100 percent. … The bullet went into his leg and out the other side. I guess you could say he got lucky, relative to what happened."

If not for the mishap, Brentz, a 24-year-old outfielder who played most of the season at Double-A and batted .290 with 17 homers, certainly would have been a non-roster invitee to Red Sox camp.

Cherington said the club has no policy about hanguns, but "we've talked to Bryce and had a couple [of] conversations with him about how serious this is. He wasn't doing anything illegal or anything bad. He had a gun he was trying to clean. There was an accident.”