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02/10/2013 08:08 pm ET

Bryce Brentz Gun Injury: Red Sox Prospect Injured Ahead Of Spring Training By Accidental Gunshot

Red Sox fans and New England media members took notice when outfield prospect Bryce Brentz was not listed among the Red Sox' non-roster invitees to Spring Training

When the reason for his absence got out then everyone took notice.

The 24-year-old outfielder, who was drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 2010, accidentally shot himself in the leg as he cleaned his gun in January, as first reported by Alex Speier of WEEI.

“Everything is fine, but I was cleaning my gun and it accidentally discharged on me and I sustained an injury," Brentz told Speier. "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 later tweeted that he was recovering just fine.

"He was at home cleaning a gun, and it accidentally went off,'' Red Sox general manager Cherington confirmed on Saturday, via ESPN Boston. "Fortunately for him, it's something he's going to recover from and be fine, and it won't affect his baseball career."

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says outfield prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg last month, but could recover in time to play in spring training.

Cherington said Saturday that Brentz was cleaning the gun went it went off. The bullet passed through Brentz's left leg.

Cherington said Brentz wasn't doing anything illegal. The GM said the team had talked to the 24-year-old about the accident.

Brentz was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2010. He hit a combined .290 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs last season in Double-A and Triple-A.

Brentz posted a message Saturday on Twitter saying he would return to full practice Monday. Brentz is in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox hold spring training.

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