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Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson hit in face by line drive, suffers “multiple orbital fractures”

Aug 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

Brian Johnson AP

Unfortunate news to pass along from the Red Sox.

According to Sean McAdam of, Red Sox prospect left-hander Brian Johnson suffered “multiple orbital fractures” when he was hit in the left side of his face by a line drive at the seventh annual “Futures at Fenway” event this afternoon at Fenway Park. The injury occurred on his second pitch of the day for Single A Lowell.

Austin Laymance of reports that Johnson waved to the crowed as he was carted off the field on a stretcher. McAdam adds that he is currently resting comfortably in the hospital and there’s no evidence of a concussion.

Johnson was selected No. 31 overall in June’s First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida and joined the Red Sox on a $1,575,000 bonus. The 21-year-old southpaw began his pro career with 5 1/3 scoreless innings for Lowell.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    It’ll be ok. The Red Sox have a lot of experience with their pitchers who have been struck in the noggin by line drives.

    Just look at how well Matt Clement rebounded after that.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      I’m generally okay with people piling on the Sox, but joking about a guy getting a 100 miles per hour of baseball off the face just isnt jokable man.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:54 AM

        If Matt Clement hadn’t turned into a joke immediately after it happened, it’d be a different story.

        It’s not even like Bryce Florie. He had a serious injury, and busted his ass to make his way back to the majors (and pretty much failed).

        Matt Clement missed a month and immediately turned into a complete and total dumpster fire of a pitcher.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I was going to write something snarky about this kid “seeing a future filled with hard knocks” within the red sox organization, but then I decided against it, instead just offering my wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      Especially after reading the first comment on this article I really appreciate your lack of snark

  3. sabatimus - Aug 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Hopefully the kid still has confidence, or will get it back once he’s gone through surgery–stuff like this can scare pitchers into not being pitchers anymore.

  4. patsandsox - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Wishing him the best.
    The Red Sox seem to be cursed this season.

  5. fm31970 - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I was watching the 12-15 y.o. women’s softball thing on ESPN earlier tonight, and noticed one of the pitchers was wearing a facemask…wouldn’t be a bad idea for MLB pitchers, either.

  6. baseballbeengood2me - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Wouldn’t that cut down on their peripheral vision and allow a lot more stolen bases??

  7. bigleagues - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    If only he stuck to his singing gig . . . I suppose Thunderstruck takes on some added meaning.

    I do hope he recovers well. Any injury is a bad on, but it’s especially difficult to tune out that level of head trauma.

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