The Red Sox might not have their shortstop if MRI’s reveal any structural damage – Marrero, Holt, and Lin to cover in his absence
The news that Xander Bogaerts could miss some time is not good especially with the trade deadline less than two weeks away. Bogey was not starting tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. The Sox shortstop had an MRI and the initial prognosis didn’t look bad.
If the X Factor does indeed miss time, the Sox could use both Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin to fill in until Bogaerts is back to 100%. Super-utility man Brock Holt, fresh off his stint on the disabled list, is also available and can play both positions if necessary. There’s no point in playing Bogey if he’s hurt. Theoretically, if he got hit by another pitch, the Sox risk losing the best two strike hitter on the team.
Bogaerts is hitting just .154 with four hits, none of which are extra base hits and has just one RBI and one run scored. Bogey has also struck out five times, good for just over 19% of his at bats. Bogey has also committed two errors in those six games. Clearly, he’s not right and his hand is bothering him.
Rumors about Todd Frazier coming to Boston have quickly dissipated within the last hour as it’s almost official now that he has been sent in a package deal to the Yankees along with David Robertson. Robertson will rejoin the Yankees after 2 1/2 years away playing in the south side of Chicago.
What options do the Red Sox have now? Rest Bogaerts until he’s 100%. That’s a must. Yes we’re in the middle of keeping control of 1st place in the American League East but there’s no way the Red Sox stay in 1st place if Bogey is done for an extended period of time. Best thing to do right now is give him a few days of rest until the swelling has subsided and then go back to how things were.
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