Boston Red Sox infielder Jose Peraza agrees after removing the comebacker’s knee as he bowed in a blowout loss: “He actually got hit in the right place”
BOSTON – Red Sox infielder Jose Peraza is doing well after being hit in the knee by a comebacker as he pitched in the ninth inning of Boston’s 17-8 loss to the Rays, manager Ron Roenicke said after the game.
“He’s doing fine,” Roenicke said. “We x-rayed him and he actually got hit in a good place in the knee. I still feel bad about it.
Peraza had given consecutive hits to Yandy Diaz and Hunter Renfroe to start the ninth before Lowe hit him in the right knee with a ball that came off the bat at 105.8 mph. Peraza immediately suffered and was taken out of the game.
The initial concern was that Peraza, who had pitched twice for the Reds last year, would be seriously injured after taking on an unknown role. Testing assured Roenicke this was not the case.
“It smoked him. It wasn’t a big blow, ”Roenicke said. “On the knee, it’s worrying. This put it to the side a bit which is a good thing and put it in an area where you usually don’t break something. We’re lucky he wasn’t hit in a worse place.
Roenicke has said he will likely keep Peraza out of the roster on Friday night against Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole, but considers Peraza to play on Saturday and Sunday against Yankees left-handed James Paxton and JA Happ.
“I would probably feel better if he doesn’t play tomorrow,” Roenicke said. “He says he might be ready. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow morning, but I’m just thinking about what I should do and maybe we’ll make him go tomorrow and he’ll go the next couple.
With Peraza out of the game, the Red Sox replaced him on the mound with receiver Kevin Plawecki. Plawecki went from wide receiver to pitcher, and infielder Tzu-Wei Lin slipped behind the plate for his first career appearance as a receiver.
“It’s never good when I run,” Plalawecki said. “I don’t want to pitch. When we have to kick the bullpen – they’ve worked hard – in a situation like today, just go out there and try to get three quick outs.