Bryce Brentz, an outfield prospect for the Boston Red Sox, just cost himself an invitation to their Major League Baseball spring training. Well, that's as of now, because it was revealed on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, that he accidentally shot himself in the leg while he was cleaning his handgun.
The 24-year-old Major League Baseball prospect had gotten the attention of manager John Farrell enough to get called up from Triple-A. With Red Sox camp officially scheduled to open on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, Brentz won't be able to be there.
While details didn't come flowing out during Brentz's announcement on Saturday morning, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said the young kid was lucky that he wasn't injured worse. Alex Speier of WEEI said:
"He had an accident. He was at home cleaning a gun and 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 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.
"He was cleaning a gun and it accidentally went off. The bullet went into his leg and out the other side. I guess you could say he got lucky relative to what happened. I think he understands he got lucky and it’s a serious thing and he has to be careful. He’s here in Fort Myers and he’s recovering and it’s not going to get in the way of his future, but he won’t be in big league camp."
Brentz was trying to clean a handgun, but not much else is known about the weapon. The Red Sox and Major League Baseball have no policies against players legally owning guns.