Scary moment in St. Pete
I have seen some hideous injuries on the field in my life, but the injury to Matt Clement on Tuesday night was pretty frightening.
In case you have not seen it, you can see the video here.
The Red Sox right-hander was struck with a line drive by Carl Crawford with one out in the bottom of the third in the Red Sox-Devil Rays game at Tropicana Field. Clement remained on the ground, without moving, for about five minutes before being lifted onto a stretcher. It was quite a scary sight.
I hope Clement can come back strong. He had finally put together a quality season, and it’s a shame to see someone’s year end like that.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox again showed why they are the best "team" in baseball. They have so much heart, and they never quit. After Clement left the game, the Sox bullpen immediately blew it. But the Sox clawed back, and Johnny Damon came up big with his glove and bat.
Damon made an incredible catch to end the ninth — preventing the Rays from scoring the winning run — and he led off the 10th with a go-ahead home run.
By the way, I called the Damon homer once he came up to bat. I have witnesses.
Curt Schilling ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the 10th, but got the save as the Red Sox stayed in first.
A CAT scan on Clement was negative, but he remained hospitalized overnight to be re-evaluated Wednesday morning. With his status in limbo, I wonder about two things:
1. Will Schilling return to the rotation?
2. Will the Sox turn up the heat on A.J. Burnett talks with the Marlins?
Only time will tell.