BOSTON (CBS) — He has the sixth-best batting average and the fifth-best on-base percentage in all of MLB, and he’s been on a tear through the first week of the season. Yet Xander Bogaerts is out of the lineup for Tuesday night’s game due to right knee soreness.
The shortstop tweaked his knee during Monday’s home opener, but was not bothered by the pain until Tuesday, manager John Farell said.
“He was rounding third base, and he was held up, and there was a little bit of a slip,” Farrell explained. “He continued on in the game with no issue, no complaint, no word of anything. Even after the game, he didn’t feel anything. He came in today with some increased symptoms. He was examined here and we sent him over for an MRI right now.”
Bogaerts went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, crossing the plate twice in the 9-4 Red Sox win. That performance stretched his hit streak to a modest six games, though he’s turned in multi-hit performances in four of those games. After starting the season 1-for-7, he’s recovered nicely to get his batting average to .433 and his OBP to .500 in 34 plate appearances.
He is tied with Hanley Ramirez for the team lead in RBIs (7), and he holds a slight edge over Ramirez for the team lead with a 1.033 OPS. Bogaerts is also the only Red Sox batter to hit a triple on the season.
Brock Holt will take Bogaerts’ spot in the starting lineup on Tuesday night.
Farrell also said Tuesday that Brandon Workman was placed on the DL with an elbow strain on his throwing arm. He will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
Farrell also provided an update on Rusney Castillo, who will need some time off in Triple-A due to a shoulder injury. Farrell said that Castillo suffered no structural damage but will nevertheless “need a little bit of time for rest and rehab. What length of time, it remains to be seen. … He’s going to need a little time to get back to 100 percent.”