If you’ve ever watched a live batting practice in Spring Training, you’ve probably wondered how more players don’t get hit by errant baseballs. At any given time, several drills can be happening at once, and the attention of the baseball players on the field can be in several different directions at any given time.
Today at Red Sox camp, starting pitcher Josh Beckett was plunked in the back of the head by a baseball hit off the bat of batting practice pitcher Ino Guerrero who was attempting to hit a ball thrown from the outfield back into a bucket behind second base. Beckett left the field under his own power, but was later diagnosed with a mild concussion. While my first impulse may be to crack wise about Beckett not having to worry about losing any brain cells, recent concussions to Justin Morneau, Jason Bay and Aaron Hill have resulted in extended time on the Disabled List.
Beckett has a history of bad luck during the Spring. He injured his back in 2008 and suffered from a serious bout of the flu during last year’s camp. Hopefully Beckett will be well on his way to recovery when he’s reevaluated tomorrow.
Knowing how reactive Boston Red Sox fans can get, I’m sure there will be calls to punish Guerrero for his carelessness, but a review of work out policies and a stern lecture in kangaroo court should be more than enough for someone who probably already feels sick with guilt over the accident.