Betts' injury indicative of Sox's post-break luck
BOSTON -- Not only did Mookie Betts drop the baseball for a home run after he fell over the wall on a nearly spectacular catch, but he also was left with symptoms "consistent to a concussion."
Red Sox manager John Farrell relayed that diagnosis to the media following Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the White Sox. It was the continuation of a trend in which hardly anything has gone well for the Red Sox since the All-Star break.
At the very least, it seems likely Betts will go on the seven-day disabled list reserved for players who have concussions.
"He's being examined further right now. At a minimum, he'll have to go through the MLB protocol to be cleared," said Farrell. "Before stating what he exactly has, we've got to get some further information from the tests."
The Red Sox are already without Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring strain) and Clay Buchholz (right elbow strain).
Initially, Betts made a tremendous grab on a deep drive to right-center by Jose Abreu. But Betts couldn't break his fall and wound up jumping into the bullpen, and the ball came out when he landed on his upper back toward the base of his neck.
"We ran to him after he got there," said Red Sox reliever Justin Masterson. "But we couldn't really do much. He seemed OK. He got up and got back over, but he wasn't feeling real good, even there. Think he was a little woozy. He's a tough kid."