BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Red Sox may have to re-think their plans for the near future at first base, as minor league prospect Sam Travis tore his ACL in his left knee on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.
The 22-year-old Travis suffered the injury while tagging a player in a rundown play against the Indianapolis Indians. He had batted .272 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 47 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Travis is listed as the Red Sox’s No. 7 prospect in the organization and the top prospect at the first base position, according to MLB.com. After an impressive spring for the major league club, slashing .447/.429/.684 with two homers and 13 RBI in 18 games, Travis looked like a candidate to make the Boston lineup in 2016, if not 2017.
Travis’ ACL injury could complicate the team’s plans for the immediate future at first base, but he is expected to recover in time for the 2017 season.