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Brentz says he is ready to play after gun accident

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 9, 2013 04:48 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz said today he has been jogging and hitting for the past two weeks after a gun accident left a bullet wound in his left leg.

Its a minor setback really, Brentz said. I plan on being in camp Monday ready to go.

Brentz said he was visiting his brother outside of Nashville, Tenn., three weeks ago when he tried cleaning his handgun, but failed to empty the chamber first. The gun discharged and the bullet hit Brentz in the leg, going through.

I was very fortunate, he said. I understand it could have been worse. Im mad at myself because I respect firearms. I have a license to carry a gun. Im an outdoorsman and Ive been around firearms my entire life. It was just one of those things that happened that will never happen again. I have to be more careful.

Brentz said the accident didnt deter him from staying away from guns. In fact, he said he eventually finished cleaning the gun the very next day.

While GM Ben Cherington indicated Brentz might be lost for most of spring training and may have cost him a chance to be in major league camp, Brentz hoped there would be a change of heart.

I dont want to put words in anyones mouth, but I hope theyre open to it, Brentz said.

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