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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The last thing you want to see in spring training is one of your star pitchers diving for a grounder, and then getting stung on the leg by a line drive.
But the Red Sox’ John Lackey could laugh about it after Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Braves at Champion Stadium.
In the third inning, Jordan Schafer’s bunt was fielded by a diving Lackey who scooped the ball to first base with his glove. He nearly collided with second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the play but Pedroia backed off.
Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman then hit Lackey with a liner.
“I feel fine,” Lackey said. “He got me in the thigh. There’s some meat there.”