For the first time since this past Tuesday, Xander Bogaerts will be in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox tonight.
After taking a 99 MPH fastball from Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez off his right hand the other night, it was clear to see that the Red Sox shortstop was in a serious amount of pain before he headed towards first base.
He was able to stay in for the remainder of Tuesday night’s contest before getting diagnosed with a right hand contusion later on.
X-Rays came back negative and all signs pointed to this potential scare not being too serious, but given the fact Bogaerts has had issues with the same hand before, he was still unsettled.
Following the 3-1 loss at the hands of the Phillies, the Aruba native had this to say about his HBP, “As soon as I got hit, I was like ‘I can’t believe it.’ … Last year was kind of the same thing. I don’t want that feeling again.”
What Bogaerts was referring to occurred in Tampa Bay right before last season’s All-Star Break on July 6th.
In a similar situation, Bogaerts took a 92 MPH fastball, this time from Rays starter Jacob Faria, off his right hand in the first inning and would be unable to continue. X-Rays later came back negative.
Given how much he struggled during the second-half of the 2017 season, I believe Bogaerts said himself that he wished he spent time on the disabled list instead of playing through the pain.
Anyway, Bogaerts made his return to the field on Friday night as a defensive sub in the eighth inning against the Yankees and actually recorded the final out of the 4-1 win.
He’s back in full capacity tonight and batting fifth in the lineup as the Red Sox face off against rookie hurler Chance Adams for New York in game three of this four-game series.
On the season as a whole, Bogaerts is slashing .275/.342/.513 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI in 90 games played.