Jody Reed, who spent portions of six seasons playing second base and shortstop with the Red Sox, fractured his right leg on Wednesday while coaching third base for the Miami Marlins. In the third inning of the Marlins' 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Reed was struck by a foul ball hit by Jésus Sánchez.
After taking the initial blow, the 60-year-old was still standing for a while, but shortly after, he was replaced by Gryphon Benedict, a quality control coach. The seriousness of Reed's injury was disclosed by Marlins manager Skip Schumaker in his post-game interview. " I'm pretty sure he broke his leg," he said. He had X-rays and the doctor said it was broken, so we’ll see how long he’s out for, unfortunately," he added further.
For the rest of the game, Gryphon Benedict, the Miami quality control coach, took Reed's place in the third base coach's box. Skip Schumaker, the manager of the Marlins, stated that the team would need to replace Reed as how much time Reed might lose is unknown.
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Reed made his first trip back to Fenway Park during his tenure with the Red Sox when the Marlins went there last month for an interleague series with the Red Sox. When Joe Morgan took over the team following the All-Star break in 1988, he put Reed as his starting shortstop, and the two had lunch together when Reed was in Boston.
As the Marlins' third base coach, Reed, 60, is in his first year of employment. Following an 11-year major league playing career with the Red Sox (1987–1992), Los Angeles Dodgers (1993), Milwaukee Brewers (1994), San Diego Padres (1995–1996), and Detroit Tigers (1997), Reed went on to work as a minor league manager and coach for the Dodgers and Yankees.
The Marlins' record in the regular MLB season drops to 53-45 after a loss. They are currently on a 0-6 skid and will try to snap out of it on Friday when they play the Colorado Rockies in Florida.