There is no better literal representation for the headache of a season Xander Bogaerts has had for the Red Sox this year than the 89 mile-per-hour changeup the 21-year-old took off the head Friday night.
Bogaerts’ night at the plate said it all, really. His first at-bat he crushed a Felix Hernandez pitch well over the Monster, but inches foul. It was close enough for Manager John Farrell to challenge, but much like the Red Sox season as a whole, it didn’t go their way. Bogaerts struck out later in the at-bat.
In his next time up, King Felix came up and in, beaming Bogaerts in the head and knocking his helmet off. The one thing the rookie had going for him this season was his health, and now a trip to the 7 day concussion disabled list will change that. Continue reading Struggling Season Continues for Xander Bogaerts »