Bogaerts avoids major scare after getting hit in head

Bogaerts avoids major scare after getting hit in head
August 23, 2014, 1:00 am
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BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts and the rest of the Red Sox organization got a bit of a scare in the 5th inning.

Up to bat against Felix Hernandez, Bogaerts took an 0-2 changeup right off the side of his helmet near his ear, immediately collapsing to the ground.

He would be tended to by the team's doctors at the plate, taking the "follow the finger" test before it was determined he could stay in the game and go to first base.

But Bogaerts didn't feel good enough to remain in the game much longer. It took one inning out in the field before he knew something was off.

"Once I got on defense, I was happy that I got no ground balls because I kind of lost my focus a bit. I was looking at Pedey [Dustin Pedroia] a lot and he was asking me am I OK and stuff like that. But I knew I didn't feel 100-percent right there."

"Xander in the top of the [6th] inning, started to not be able to hold his focus or his concentration as much towards the end of that half inning," John Farrell said. "And got him out of the game at that time."

Bogaerts took the concussion tests after the game, but was not aware of the results. He was in good spirits and said he would come in tomorrow and see what the doctors tell him about his availability for Saturday.

"I feel good right now," Bogaerts said. "I mean, once I got hit I knew I got hit in a bad place in my head, but I feel good."