Boston police are going to have a much larger presence this weekend around the city, and specifically Fenway Park, this weekend for Red Sox playoff games in light of the Las Vegas shooting.
Vegas gunman Steven Paddock, who killed 58 people Sunday night in Las Vegas, had researched various locations around the country - including Fenway Park - before his attack at a country music festival Sunday night.
Police are going to use metal detectors, step up bag checks and do a full sweep of the park for explosives. A tactical team will be inside and outside of the stadium and undercover officers monitoring the crowds. The Red Sox host the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. If a Game 4 is necessary, it would be Monday, Columbus Day, at 1 p.m. at Fenway.
"The world is changing every day and every time we have one these incidents we adjust our security plans and we adjust our policing," one official told NBC Boston.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox’ infield depth was tested mightily in 2017. The group is already seeing some attrition in 2018.
Marco Hernandez, who appeared in the mix at second base (at least up until the recent signing of Eduardo Nunez), returned to Boston because his surgically repaired left shoulder, his non-throwing shoulder, was bothering him.
On May 26, Hernandez's season was cut short when he had an open stabilization (Latarjet) procedure, which is intended to prevent the shoulder from dislocating. Part of the procedure included the insertion of foreign materials — hardware, as Cora referred to it on Friday — and at least some of that has now been removed.
“He was feeling discomfort in his shoulder,” manager Alex Cora said Friday morning. "Flew him to Boston, at the end, they took out the hardware off of it. It seems like… it was creating the discomfort. Obviously, everything went well. Can’t give you a time when he’s coming back.”
Hernandez’s recovery will be dependent on how he’s feeling.
“There’s guys that come out right away and they can go and there’s people who will still feel it and it’s a longer process,” Cora said. “Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later. He was feeling it and at the end, they checked everything and it was the hardware that they have there. He’ll be fine.”
Hernandez, 25, is entering his third major league season. In 116 plate appearances, he has a .284 average. He's a left-handed hitter and looked particularly impressive last spring training.
The Red Sox started off spring training with a doubleheader on Thursday, beating both Northeastern and Boston College.
Boston beat Northeastern 15-2 in the opener, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Highlights included a grand slam from minor league outfielder Kyri Washington, an RBI triple from Blake Swihart, and RBI doubles from Brock Holt and minor league catcher Austin Rei.
In game two, the Red Sox beat Boston College by a score of 4-2. Sam Travis contributed with an RBI double.
Boston takes on the Minnesota Twins on Friday at JetBlue Park.