Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sox Will Be Muddling Through Until Xander Bogaerts Can Return From Injury

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Once again, Xander Bogaerts has a promising season derailed by injury. Last year, it was his hands, this year, an ankle. And, as the Red Sox ramp up their age-old rivalry with The Bronx Embalmers tonight, an injury to their hottest player is a serious blow. Tzu-Wei Lin has been called up from AAA Pawtucket—but, despite his sharp defensive skills, he's no X-Man. Manager Alex Cora will have to be creative over the next two weeks with a merry-go-round of Lin, Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez and maybe even Blake Swihart. Given the nature of the injury (a crack in the left ankle)—along with the checkered history of the Red Sox medical staff—we could be without Bogaerts for significantly longer than 14 days. You can pretty much count on that. It will not be easy, and will certainly test the mettle of this team as they begin to face—for the first time this season—opponents who are not based in Florida.