The freak injury train just never stops rolling for the Red Sox, does it? Just weeks after it was announced Ryan Kalish was set to undergo surgery out of seemingly nowhere, news surfaces that Bryce Brentz has injured himself in a freak gun accident. Brentz stated that he is alright, but will miss much of big league Spring Training, where he would’ve been a non-roster invitee.
Everything is fine. After the rookie program, I had an accident. Everything is fine, but I was cleaning my gun and it accidentally discharged on me and I sustained an injury. Nothing serious. That’s why I was out of big league camp, because at the time I’m not able to participate fully, but I am recovering fast and should be ok to start the season.
Most sites rank Brentz as one of the top ten prospects in the Red Sox’ system, and some even have him in the top five. He enjoyed a good season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in his age 23 season in 2012, as he batted .290/.349/.465 with 17 home runs and 87 RBIs. Brentz projects as a solid major league right fielder who should hit for power and some average, and plays well into Fenway Park’s dimensions.
It’s a shame that we won’t be able to see Brentz in spring training, but he should be up in the majors by the end of the year barring any setbacks. It sounds like he should be ready for the start of Pawtucket’s season even if he misses much of spring training. Here’s to wishing Bryce and his family recover from this scare, and to a quick recovery.