If this whole story sounds a little familiar, it's because it is. Beltre had an eerily similar collision with Jacoby Ellsbury on April 9, and the leadoff man is currently on his second DL stint.
In both cases, Beltre's right knee powered into the left rib cage of his teammate.
"Guys have been talking -- we might have to get him on the UFC tour to see if he can take some of those knees to someone else," quipped Hermida. "But no, that's just one of those freak things, I'm sure he feels bad about it, too. It's just one of those things you can't avoid, and it's just a freak thing that I've never seen happen -- and unfortunately, it happened twice within a month and a half of each other."
The move of Hermida to the DL was part of a flurry of roster moves made by the Red Sox before Friday's game. Closer Jonathan Papelbon was activated from the bereavement/family medical emergency list. Righty reliever Joe Nelson, who had a 9.72 ERA in eight appearances, was designated for assignment. Righty reliever Scott Atchison was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Hermida had actually been reporting some improvement before learning of the fracture. The hope is that the injury won't keep him out much longer than the 15 days of his DL stint.
"I hope so, I hope so," said Hermida. "I'd like to keep that optimism throughout the whole time. I hope so. I'll just take it day by day and do as much as I can on that day, and as long as I'm not setting myself back and feeling worse the next day, I'll do as much as we possibly can every day."
Hermida missed four games following the collision, and he returned to the lineup Wednesday night. However, that was the only game he played before going on the disabled list.
"I was definitely feeling some significant pain from it, but I was willing to go through as much as I could as long as I wasn't setting myself back," Hermida said. "That's what I tried to do the other day. Unfortunately after playing the other day, it got a little bit worse, and that's when I felt the need to check it out a little more."
He admits that it is highly rare for the Red Sox to have two such collisions in the same season.
"To have that happen to two guys on the same team on the same play, saying that's a freak thing might even be an understatement," Hermida said. "I think you see that play happen a lot -- where nobody can really call it because you want to be sure you can get there -- and one guy goes high and one goes low. That's happened to me before. It's happened to almost every outfielder or corner infielder, I'm sure. Just what happened to both of us is just a freak thing. Accept it, move forward and try to do the best you can each day."