Ryan Sweeney’s door punching may cost him the season

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Not only did Ryan Sweeney injuring his hand while punching a door last night rule out the Red Sox trading him, it may have cost the outfielder the remainder of the season.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Sweeney is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken left hand, which would mean at most a late-September return.

Sweeney took to Twitter to apologize, saying:

Ryan Kalish is expected to be called up to replace Sweeney, who hit .260 with zero homers and a .675 OPS in 63 games after coming over from the A’s in the Andrew Bailey/Josh Reddick deal.

And just to update the lifetime standings, doors remain undefeated against players. Walls too.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.