Red Sox’ Adam Duvall injures left wrist while trying to make sliding catch, undergoes X-rays

Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall was forced to exit Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Tigers in the ninth inning due to an unspecified left wrist injury.

To lead off the bottom half of the frame, closer Kenley Jansen got Spencer Torkelson to lift a 244-foot flyball to shallow center field. Duvall ran in and attempted to make a sliding catch to rob Torkelson of a base hit, but he instead landed awkwardly on his left wrist.

More specifically, it appears as though Duvall jammed his wrist as his glove made contact with the outfield grass. Though he immediately got back on his feet, the 34-year-old could be seen grabbing at his left wrist in pain. He was then taken out of the game and was accompanied by head athletic trainer Brandon Henry as he made his way back towards the visitor’s clubhouse at Comerica Park.

When speaking with reporters (including’s Christopher Smith) after the fact, Red Sox manager Alex Cora indicated that Duvall was undergoing imaging but could not provide any updates beyond that.

“He’s getting X-rays right now, so we don’t know,” Cora said. “We’ll know more during the day and obviously tomorrow.”

While with the Braves last year, Duvall injured that same left wrist in July and subsequently underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath, which ultimately ended his season.

The Red Sox signed Duvall to a one-year, $7 million deal back in January to serve as their everyday center fielder. The right-handed hitter has quickly made his impact felt by batting .455/.514/1.030 with five doubles, one triple, four home runs, 14 RBIs, 11 runs scored, three walks, and five strikeouts in his first eight games (37 plate appearances) with Boston.

“That’s a big guy out there,” said left fielder Rob Refsnyder. “I don’t think people realize how big he is and how fast he moves. “Looks like he was fully extended. I think he’s going to test right now so fingers crossed and hopefully it’s just kind of precautionary. He almost made a spectacular play. He’s all around a really, really good ballplayer. So we’re all hoping for the best.”

Though more information regarding Duvall’s status will be made available on Monday, the Red Sox are already making preparations in the event that he is placed on the injured list. According to Smith, infielder Bobby Dalbec will join the club in St. Petersburg ahead of Monday’s series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field and is a candidate to get called up from Triple-A Worcester.

As far as immediate, 40-man outfield depth is concerned, Refsnyder and Raimel Tapia are already on the big-league roster while Jarren Duran is in Worcester. Depending on how long Duvall is sidelined for, the Red Sox could also consider moving Enrique Hernandez back to center field given his defensive struggles at shortstop so far this year.

(Picture of Adam Duvall: Duane Burleson/Getty Images)


Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

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