Byron Buxton hasn’t yet been able to establish himself as a major league hitter, but boy howdy he has shown that he can flash the leather.
Take this catch in yesterday’s game against the Indians. It came off of Carlos Santana‘s bat and had the gap written all over it. Buxton broke immediately and covered some serious, serious ground to get there. And then he leaped and slammed into the wall to snag it, losing his glasses and his cap. Most guys would’ve lost the ball:
The most impressive part of that, in my view, are the strides. Just watch him going for that ball. It’s like he was gliding above the surface of the grass. Absolutely beautiful.
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.