posted on Sep, 14 2005 @ 08:33 PM
TORONTO -- Gabe Kapler began his sprint around the bases when second baseman Tony Graffanino belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning against
Toronto on Wednesday. Kapler's trip ended abruptly a few steps beyond second base, though.
Kapler was running hard toward second because it was still in doubt whether the ball would clear the left-field wall, when he stumbled and fell
facefirst into the turf. The center fielder appeared to suffer a foot injury and had to be carted off the field several minutes later.
According to Red Sox officials, Kapler suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon and was receiving treatment in the team's clubhouse.
Graffanino stood on second base while Kapler remained down about halfway to third base, while Boston trainer Jim Rowe and manager Terry Francona
assisted him. Red Sox infielder Alejandro Machado came in as a pinch-runner.
Machado continued Kapler's run around the bases and scored the first run of his Major League career. Machado remained in the game as Boston's center
The home run gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
According to baseball's rule book, "if an accident to a runner is such as to prevent him from proceeding to a base to which he is entitled, as on a
home run hit out of the playing field, or an award of one or more bases, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete the play."