Mookie Betts leaves game with concussion symptoms after falling over fence, could miss time

Rob Bradford
July 28, 2015 - 5:27 pm
What appeared to be one of the season's more dramatic plays for the Red Sox simply resulted in a two-run homer for Chicago's Jose Abreu and an injured Mookie Betts. With two outs in the sixth inning and the White Sox carrying a 5-2 lead over the Red Sox, Abreu launched a Wade Miley first-pitch fastball to deep right-center field. Betts raced back to catch the fly ball, but after two steps hurdled his body over the fence. The outfielder tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, landing on his head and neck. While the ball trickled out of Betts' glove after he landed on the ground, Abreu was called out. But after a video review, the call was overturned, giving the White Sox slugger his 16th homer and the visitors a two-run lead. "The wording we use is he has to have 'control of his body,' " crew chief Bill Miller told a pool reporter after the game. "In this case we couldn't tell if the ball was on the ground on the other side of the fence or not, and so that's why we went to replay. They determined he didn't have control of his body when he hit the fence and the ball popped out." Adding injury to insult, Betts would be removed from the game after having to sit on the ground just prior to reaching the Red Sox dugout. Rusney Castillo came on to replace the center fielder. The Red Sox announced Betts left the game with concussion symptoms. "He's being examined further right now," manager John Farrell said. "At minimum, he'll have to go through the MLB protocol to be cleared, so before stating what he exactly has, we have to get some further information from the tests." It's likely Betts will go in the seven-day concussion disabled list, which goes along with MLB protocol. Ryan Hannable contributed to this report.