Bogaerts feels OK after getting hit in head

August, 23, 2014
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BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said he feels fine after being hit in the head with a pitch and removed during Friday's 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

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Rich Gagnon/Getty ImagesXander Bogaerts was hit in the head by a Felix Hernandez changeup Friday night.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez drilled Bogaerts in the head with an 89 mph changeup right above the earpiece in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bogaerts dropped to the ground and Fenway Park suddenly went quiet. Farrell and a team trainer tended to Bogaerts, and after a few minutes, he made his way to first and remained in the game.

"He's 0-2 and it probably slipped in his hand but it wasn't intentionally," Bogaerts said. "You don't want to get hit in your head, obviously, but I got hit pretty good and thank God I'm OK right now."

In the bottom of the sixth, Brock Holt served as a pinch hitter for Bogaerts, who was evaluated for a concussion.

"I'll come in tomorrow and see how I feel," he said. "We'll take it from there. I got tested but I don't know the results, yet. I just feel good right now."

Bogaerts admitted he lost his focus while in the field, so that's why he was removed from the game.

"Once I got on defense, I was happy I didn't get any ground balls. I kind of lost my focus a bit. I kept looking at [Dustin Pedroia] a lot and he was asking me if I was OK and stuff like that. I knew I didn't feel 100 percent right there."

Not only did he get drilled in the head, Bogaerts also had a possible home run taken away from him.

In the bottom of the second inning, Bogaerts crushed an 0-2 offering from Hernandez and drove it high above the left-field foul pole. Third-base umpire Pat Hoberg called it foul, but it was reviewed and after a 3-minute and 12-second delay, the call on the field stood.

"Yeah, I wish I had that," he said. "But this is the second time it's happened to me this season. I know there's a big difference between a home run and a foul ball, though.

"It's a season, it's a weird one. I've never had one like this before. It's just the kind of season I'm having."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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