It was nearly two months ago, on Sept. 14, that Gabe Kapler was last in a Red Sox uniform. He was at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, in perfect health and in high spirits after returning to Boston from Japan in midseason.
Then things got ugly fast.
With Kapler on first, Tony Graffanino belted a line drive to left field. While rounding second base, Kapler suddenly fell to the ground. He got up on one knee but couldn’t continue. After a five-minute delay, he was carted off the field. Kapler said he saw the ball go over the fence for a homer just as his legs gave out. He had ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon.
After surgery, he returned to the Red Sox clubhouse on crutches for the wild card celebration on Oct. 2.
Now, Kapler is home in Los Angeles and reports that he is feeling “really, really great,” his Achilles’ tendon is healing fine, and his recovery is actually ahead of schedule. Kapler is still using a walking boot (similar to the one Curt Schilling had while recovering from his ankle surgery last year), but hopes to be ready by the start of spring training.
On the Red Sox general manager situation, Kapler echoed the sentiments of many other players, saying “we all love Theo (Epstein).”
Kapler will be back in Boston for a week on Dec. 6 and will be hosting a Texas hold’em poker tournament to benefit The Gabe Kapler Foundation on Wednesday night, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Woburn. Click here for all the details.