Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, calls for someone to come and check out starting pitcher Rick Porcello, right, after Porcello was knocked over by a batted round during a second inning of a open training round diversion opposite a Chicago Cubs on Monday in Mesa, Ariz.
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello’s discerning reflexes helped him shun a potentially critical conduct damage Monday night when a line expostulate came drifting toward him and knocked him off his feet.
During a scoreless ballgame in a second inning, Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras got a moment during one of Porcello’s pitches and sent a round true toward a pitcher’s head. Almost instantly, Porcello lonesome a right side of his face with his glove and fell over, rubbing his conduct after he strike a ground.
But it appears the Porcello’s teammates and MLB fans examination a open training diversion during Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., were some-more rattled by a frightening occurrence than a 30-year-old himself.
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Minutes after players and Red Sox managers rushed to Porcello’s side, a 6-foot-5 star was seen flashing a grin as he straightened his shawl and stepped behind onto a pile after a brief sidebar with a referee and his coaches.
“I’m not certain they can leave him in a game, can they?” an announcer on NBC Sports Chicago was overheard seeking during a game.
“Yeah, he’s good,” another responds, eliciting a “wow” from his cohost.
Porcello’s greeting even astounded his jaunty trainer Brad Pearson and manager Alex Cora.
Pearson told The Boston Globe Tuesday that Porcello reportedly played a singular pretence on they span when they attempted to inspect a injury.
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“He barked like a dog and he frightened a vital whatever out of me. we told him now I’m going to be on TV for a rest of my career for a wrong reasons. But he’s OK,” Cora told a newspaper.
The pitcher certified a conditions was “scary,” observant that it’s always a regard when we play that position. But he wanted to put his group during ease.
“He barked like a dog and he frightened a vital whatever out of me.”
“I was perplexing to let [Pearson] and [Cora] know we was excellent and being honest with them that we wasn’t feeling any symptoms or anything like that,” Porcello told The Boston Globe. “Felt like a usually approach we could do that was moment a joke.”
After a brief break, Porcello headed behind onto a field. In total, Porcello reportedly pitched 4 innings Monday, yet his group eventually mislaid to a Cubs 3-2.