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Bryce Brentz grateful to be in camp with Red Sox

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox will have 57 players in camp for spring training once everybody comes together. Bryce Brentz may be the most grateful of the bunch.

Brentz was on the list to attend camp last year but accidentally shot himself in the left leg while cleaning a gun. The Red Sox, angry at his carelessness, retracted their invitation.

Brentz was added to the roster for four games but was left with a feeling of missed opportunity. Instead of advancing his career, he was left apologizing for a mistake.

“It was a crazy thing. But that’s life. I had to own up to it,” Brentz said Monday.

It was the start of a frustrating season.

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