Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts continues to be evaluated for possible concussion; Joe Kelly feels ‘no ill effects’ after exiting early from Friday start

August 23, 2014 - 9:50 am
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Xander Bogaerts'€™ status going forward with Boston is uncertain in the wake of the 21-year-old taking a Felix Hernandez pitch off the helmet in Friday'€™s loss to the Mariners. Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Bogaerts -- who is not in the lineup for Saturday'€™s game against Seattle -- still needs to undergo additional evaluations to rule out the potential for a concussion. "€œAnytime you get hit in the head like he did last night and get removed from the game, he'€™s got to go through a protocol, which he'€™s going through today, just to see if there'€™s any concussion symptoms," Farrell said. "So that'€™s what'€™s taking place this morning." While it appeared that Bogaerts was healthy enough to remain in the game after being struck in the head by the 89 mph changeup, it became apparent to Farrell that his shortstop was beginning to lose focus as the game dragged on, leading to his removal from the game. "The eye tests, the walking in a straight line, having him stand there with his eyes closed, all those were negative results, so it was determined at that point that he continue, based on his response to questions and all that our trainers put him through in the moment," Farrell said. "But it's not uncommon, as time goes on, that you start to feel the onset of symptoms and that was the case last night and that'€™s when he was removed." Even though no results have been released in terms of Bogaerts'€™ latest series of tests, he told WEEI.com'€™s Alex Speier Saturday morning that he felt better and hopes to play Sunday in the series finale against Seattle. OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Another Red Sox player was removed early from Friday'€™s game, as starter Joe Kelly was lifted after five innings despite only throwing 86 pitches. Kelly said after the game that he felt a slight sensation in his shoulder after delivering a curveball in the fifth inning, but that his exit was merely precautionary. Farrell agreed with Kelly'€™s claims, adding that he expects no limitations for the right-hander going forward. "€œJoe came in and felt no ill effects from last night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn'€™t reproduce any of the symptoms," Farrell said. "It was followed up with him feeling well this morning and he'€™s on target to start in five days." -- Boston will be looking to rebound from Friday'€™s loss to the Mariners, as closer Koji Uehara surrendered five earned runs in the ninth, erasing a 3-0 Red Sox lead en route to a 5-3 Seattle victory. Uehara has now allowed at least one earned run in three straight outings, the longest streak of his big league career. It remains to be seen if he will be available to pitch on Saturday. "€œHe'€™s disappointed, I talked to him briefly after the game last night," Farrell said. "He'€™s fully accountable, as we'€™ve known from his time here. ... But they strung together a number of at-bats to combine for the five runs, so everyone is going through their throwing program right now, so I'€™ll have a better idea after they'€™re done with who'€™s available and who'€™s not today."

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