Mookie Betts leaves game with low back sprain after crashing into wall

Ryan Hannable
June 12, 2015 - 4:21 pm

While it appeared Mookie Betts escaped some damage after running hard into the corner of the Red Sox bullpen's wall, he left the game the next inning and the Red Sox announced the injury as a low back sprain. In the second inning of Friday's Red Sox-Blue Jays game, Jays first baseman Justin Smoak crushed a ball towards the triangle in right-center and Betts, chasing hard after the ball, crashed viciously into the corner of the padded wall, hitting his face against the padding. He stayed in the game after the play, but was replaced the next inning after having trouble walking to the on-deck circle. "He has a contusion," manager John Farrell said afterwards. "Obviously the impact of the wall and then also when he landed there was a little bit of twisting effect where he's got a sprain in the back. X-rays were negative. He's a little sore right now." Farrell said he has no concussion symptoms. Below is video of the play: