The feeling of Seranthony Dominguez’s 99.1-mile-per-hour two-seamer ricocheting off his right hand in the ninth inning was frighteningly familiar to Xander Bogaerts.
“Right away,’’ he said. “This was a bit harder. As soon as I got hit, I was like, ‘I can’t believe it.’”
In July 2017, Bogaerts was hit in nearly the same spot by Rays pitcher Jake Faria. Bogaerts was diagnosed with a right-hand contusion Tuesday, and X-rays were negative. But he’d heard the same thing last year.
“Last year, I think it was kind of the same thing and I don’t want that feeling again,’’ he said.
The injury lingered with Bogaerts throughout the second half of last season. He was hitting .308 before getting hit. After, he hit just .232.
After going 1 for 4 Tuesday, Bogaerts is hitting .271 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs.
“It happens, it’s part of the game,’’ Bogaerts said. “If I don’t foul off those first two pitches, I mean, I wouldn’t get hit. But we’ll see how I feel.’’