Holt hits IL after suffering eye injury while playing with son

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Brock Holt is on the injured list courtesy of his own flesh and blood.

After a slow start to his season, the Boston Red Sox placed Holt on the 10-day IL on Saturday with a scratched right cornea suffered in bizarre fashion.

The utility man said Saturday that his son, Griffin, poked him in the eye when the two were playing on Opening Day, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

Holt acknowledged the unique circumstances that led to his injury, saying it was "kind of funny" because Griffin has been having fun telling everybody about scratching daddy's eye, according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.

Weirdness aside, a scratched cornea can be painful and serious, and Holt's injury has impacted his play. Although an eye doctor examined him in Seattle and he went on to play in six games, the 30-year-old said the injury continues to restrict his vision and he can't pick up the spin of the baseball.

Holt will consult another ophthalmologist when the Red Sox return to Boston on Monday, according to NESN's Guerin Austin.

Holt is hitting just .063 (1-for-16) with one RBI and seven strikeouts so far this season.

The veteran wasn't the only Red Sox player sidelined on Saturday, as the team also placed pitcher Brian Johnson on the 10-day IL with left elbow inflammation. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin and pitcher Marcus Walden were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in corresponding roster moves.

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