Red Sox prospect has gun accident: Bryce Brentz shoots self in leg

red-sox-gun-accident-bryce-brentz.jpgRed Sox prospect Bryce Brentz (pictured, right) is absent from the organization's big league camp for spring training so far -- because he accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun. He tells Full Count that the injury is "nothing serious" and expects to be ready for the start of the season.

"Everything is fine. After the rookie program, I had an accident. Everything is fine, but I was cleaning my gun and it accidentally discharged on me and I sustained an injury. Nothing serious," says Brentz. "That's why I was out of big league camp ... I am recovering very fast and should be OK for the season."

Ben Cherington, the Red Sox general manager, adds, "He was cleaning a gun and it accidentally went off. The bullet went into his leg and out the other side. I guess you could say he got lucky relative to what happened. I think he understands he got lucky and it's a serious thing and he has to be careful. He's here in Fort Myers and he's recovering and it's not going to get in the way of his future, but he won't be in big league camp."

The 24-year-old outfielder ended the 2012 season in Triple-A Pawtucket, having earned a .290 batting average with 17 homeruns in 127, split between Double-A Portland and the Pawtucket team.
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