Bryce Brentz, Red Sox hopeful, is recovering from a gun accident. A hot prospect for the Red Sox outfield this season, the player has been a no-show at Major League training camp so far. The reason – an embarrassing one for the young player – is that he is recovering from an injury, reports CBS Boston on Saturday, Feb. 9. It seems the player shot himself while cleaning his gun.
It seems Bryce Bentz, 24, forgot the first thing, when doing maintenance on a gun, is to unload it. “He was at home cleaning a gun, and it accidentally went off,” said Ben Cherington, Red Sox general manager. “He was injured in the process. Fortunately for him, it’s something he’s going to recover from and be fine.” That’s good to know, but it doesn’t take away the stigma of really careless behavior. The Red Sox prospect’s gun accident may haunt him for years.
The accident apparently happened several weeks ago, but it has been kept out of the news. Brentz, a former first round draft pick, is now expected barely to make the end of camp. Not a good way to start a Major League career.
“I guess you could say he got lucky, relative to what happened,” the general manager added. “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.” Baseball fans would echo that.