Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas was scratched from Tuesday’s starting lineup with “left fifth finger pain,” the club announced. He is considered day-to-day, per manager Alex Cora.
Casas was originally starting at first base and batting cleanup for the Red Sox in their Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles in Sarasota on Tuesday afternoon. Non-roster invitee Daniel Palka will now get the start in his place behind left-hander Chris Sale.
When speaking with reporters (including The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier) on Tuesday, Casas did not seem all too concerned about his injury. The 23-year-old said he jammed his left pinky while catching a medicine ball and was left with some slight swelling as a result. Like Cora, he does not expect to miss too much time.
Casas, who made his major-league debut last September, is having himself a solid spring. The left-handed hitting rookie has gone 14-for-41 (.341) at the plate with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs, nine runs scored, four walks, and 11 strikeouts in 15 Grapefruit League games. He is slated to take over as Boston’s everyday first baseman this season.
With just nine days to go until Opening Day, the Red Sox have been dealing with their fair share of injuries as of late. As noted by MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo, seven players — Connor Wong, Trevor Story, Adalberto Mondesi, Brayan Bello, James Paxton, Joely Rodriguez, and Garrett Whitlock — are expected to start the 2023 campaign on the injured list.
(Picture of Triston Casas: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)