The outfield defense wasn’t exactly stellar, but the fastest player in baseball hit an inside-the-park homer for Double-A Pensacola on Sunday and you’re probably going to want to see it.
Here’s the video from MiLB.com.
Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper timed Hamilton’s sprint at 13.8 seconds.
The homer was the only time Hamilton was on base today, so he didn’t add to his total of 109 steals on the season. It was the first time in five games since his promotion to Double-A that he failed to swipe a base.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.