The Red Sox have placed shortstop Xander Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion disabled list, ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald reports. Bogaerts was hit in the head by an 89 MPH Felix Hernandez change-up on Friday night against the Mariners and did not play in Saturday or Sunday’s games.
Bogaerts told the media he felt fine, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to head injuries. The 21-year-old rookie has a .223/.293/.333 slash line with eight home runs and 30 RBI on the season.
The Red Sox have recalled infielder Carlos Rivero from Triple-A Pawtucket to serve as depth while Bogaerts is out.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.