BOSTON (CBS) — It’s looking more and more likely that Blake Swihart won’t be back in the Red Sox outfield anytime soon.
Things are not getting better for Swihart’s sprained left ankle, and he’s now seeking a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, a noted foot specialist in Charlotte.
While the Red Sox were hopeful to have Swihart back at some point this season, that’s not looking very promising at the moment. There was talk of a potential rehab assignment last week, but that has gone by the wayside with Swihart now meeting with Dr. Anderson.
Swihart, who made the switch from catcher to outfielder earlier this season, severely sprained his ankle trying to make a play on June 4 at Fenway Park when it got caught in the bottom of the side wall in left field.
He hit .258 in 19 games for Boston this season, playing 13 games in left field with the other six behind the plate. Swihart was just heating up at the plate before getting hurt, batting .320 in his seven games prior to the injury.
The Red Sox are currently going with a platoon of Bryce Brentz and rookie Andrew Benintendi in left, and the team is hopeful that veteran outfielder Chris Young (out with a hamstring injury since June 23) will be added to the mix when they return home from their West Coast road trip next week.