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Red Sox prospect outfielder Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning his gun

Feb 9, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said this morning that Brentz shot himself in the leg. There’s a chance he could play in games by the end of spring training, but Abraham notes that Cherington was “clearly displeased” about the incident.

11:33 AM: According to Alex Speier of, Red Sox prospect outfielder Bryce Brentz will not be in big league camp this spring because of an injury he sustained due to an accidental discharge of a gun he was cleaning. Brentz declined to disclose the specific nature of the injury, but said it was “nothing serious” and that he should be ready for the season.

“Everything is fine,” Brentz said. “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. That’s why I was out of big league camp, because at the time I’m not able to participate fully, but I am recovering very fast and should be OK for the season.

Brentz, 24, was a supplemental first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010. He owns a .276/.335/.479 batting line over his first three seasons in pro ball and made his way to Triple-A Pawtucket at the end of 2012. Baseball America ranked him as the organization’s No. 8 prospect during the offseason. Now he’s getting attention for all the wrong reasons.

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  1. romoscollarbone - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I’m a gun owner, and the one thing that always comes to mind for me, when I hear these stories, is why are you cambering a round, on a gun you don’t plan to fire? I understand having the mag ready to roll, but seriously, why chamber a bullet?

    • tkbman - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Have you ever tried to rack a slide to chamber a round while someone is firing at you with intent to take your life? I carry my handgun with a round chambered every day. Have for years and I have yet to have an accidental discharge. I doubt that this was the case in this particular instance, but there is a reason to have a round chambered… if you’re a responsible gun owner.

      • lostsok - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        “Have you ever tried to rack a slide to chamber a round while someone is firing at you with intent to take your life?”

        No. And I doubt you have either.

      • raysfan1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Even if I accepted your reasoning, which I don’t, anyone who has been trained in the proper handling of weapons knows that to clean a weapon, one must first clear the chamber so as not to commit a Barney Fife.

      • romoscollarbone - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        You act as if, chambering a cartridge is a monumental task. I don’t conceal carry, if something raises my alarm enough for me to retrieve my firearm, at that time, I will chamber the round. Assess the situation, potentially remove the safety and prepare to make a life altering decision, for the parties involved.

      • 4cornersfan - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        If you’re gonna carry make it locked and cocked.

  2. dcapettini - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I have to admit that I must be one of the few people that have not had the experience of someone firing at me with the intention of taking my life. How many times has it happened to you over the years? Maybe you ought to move or find a different line of work. I guess that I can understand then why this idiot was “cleaning” his firearm with a round chambered. Who knows who was lurking nearby?

    The number of people who are wounded and killed every year in gun accidents far exceeds the number of people who shoot someone who is attacking them. Unfortunately, many of these people shot are not the fools with the gun or are children who think that they are playthings, based on Daddy’s adoration of this weapon of death. I suppose that 10 or 20 woundings or deaths are a small price to pay for every bad guy you get with your firearm at the ready.

    • damnyankee13 - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      um, I fail to understand, how does onhe clean a…weapon with a round chambered?” kinda hard. If an enemy may be lurking nearby you do 1 of three things,,,, 1 you dont clean said weapon…2… you have a friend near by…3 you have a 2nd weapon ready.. Sarcasm is fun. but the best way to avoid that scenario is not to get into it in the first place.

    • badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Folks , he looked in the mirror and thought he was Plax Burriss. Plain and simple.

  3. mojosmagic - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Must have trained with Plaxico Burris.

  4. lphboston - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    This could have been avoided if Brentz had been protected by a good guy with a gun. Or maybe Brentz was a good guy with a gun protecting someone else. I’m confused.

  5. 1historian - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Serious – no

    Stupid – Most definitely

  6. brazcubas - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Someone correct me if i’m wrong, as I’ve never owned a gun in my life, and the only ones I’ve ever fired I didn’t have to clean, but I imagine you’d have to be an idiot to clean a loaded gun.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      You can still have a chambered round even after unloading the weapon. Step 1 in cleaning the weapon is always unload it and clear the chamber. So, yes, skipping step 1 is monumentally idiotic.

  7. hammrd - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    A bit of advice for guys cleaning guns, and for guys who want to be porn stars: Before you start, take the bullets out of the gun!!

  8. mazblast - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Three things I was taught before I even picked up a gun–

    1. Never point a gun at anyone or anything, unless you intend to fire.
    2. Never assume a weapon is unloaded.
    3. Never assume the safety is on.

    “I was cleaning my gun and it accidentally discharged on me”–Wrong. You screwed up and negligently discharged the weapon. As someone posted earlier, there’s no such thing as an “accidental discharge”.

    Brentz may become a fine baseball player, but with guns, he’s a dumbsh**.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      On point Maz! I was taught the same thing (AT AGE NINE)!
      Except w/ one minor difference…

      2. Always assume the firearm is loaded. Always…always…always.

  9. canadatude - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    I would shoot myself to avoid playing with the Red Sox too.

    • unclax41 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      At least they don’t make crashing Cessnas a habit like Yankee players do.

  10. garyb106 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I bet he got shot shot some other way, and cooking up this story and being thought a fool was the lesser way out. Nobody is that dumb. If you know how to clean it, you know the rules.

  11. 4cornersfan - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    A US military model 1911 .45 pistol has three main safeties, a manual safety left of the slide, a grip safety that only allows the firearm to be discharged when properly held, and a half-cock safety that locks the trigger. Until a friend of mine managed to shoot himself in the leg while holstering a properly operating model 1911 I thought an accidental discharge was impossible. Be careful out there.

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