Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts, according to eyewitnesses in Virginia, was hit in the face by a throw on an attempted force out while running from first to second following his single for the Salem (Va.) Red Sox in Saturday's Carolina League game against the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats. He was escorted off the field with a towel being held to his bloodied face.
However, while the scene was a frightening one, it appears that a significant injury was avoided. According to Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett, Bogaerts required some stitches to his nose but "should be OK in a couple of days."
The 19-year-old is hitting .286 with a .364 OBP, .474 slugging mark and .838 OPS with 12 homers. He played in the All-Star Futures Game last Sunday in Kansas City and is considered one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system.
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