Bogaerts on Moore: 'Hopefully he comes back soon'

Bogaerts on Moore: 'Hopefully he comes back soon'
March 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Xander Bogaerts nearly had a hit in the fourth inning of Sunday's loss to the Rays, but he also nearly decapitated Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore.

Bogaerts lined a pitch head-high back to Moore on the mound, who threw up his glove in self-defense as much as anything. The ball grazed off the glove and struck Moore in the lip. Moore scrambled to field the ball and threw out Bogaerts at first.
     
He had a laceration of the lip, requiring stitches.
     
"Is he okay?'' Bogaerts asked reporters. "Hopefully, he comes back soon.''
     
Bogaerts stopped running a few steps out of the box, but it wasn't out of concern for Moore.
     
"I thought he caught it,'' he said. "I had no idea it was like that."
     
The play came just days after Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was struck in the head by a line drive, resulting in a plate being inserted into his head.
     
"Unfortunately, he got struck in the face,'' said Red Sox manager John Farrell of Moore. "But in light of what's recently happened with some line drives back at pitchers (it could have been worse). You never like to see it happen to any pitcher. Obviously, there's a laceration that took place. You'd like to think he's going to back soon from that.''