Red Sox outfielder Adam Duvall could soon be nearing a return from the injured list after fracturing left wrist in early April.
Though the club has yet to lay out a specific timetable for him, Duvall told MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo on Wednesday that his target date to return is Friday, June 9. That is when he is first eligible to come off the 60-day injured list and the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx.
As noted by Cotillo, it remains to be seen if the Red Sox agree with that timeline. Nonetheless, Duvall has made great progress in rehabbing the distal radius fracture he suffered while diving for a fly ball in Detroit on April 9. The 34-year-old did not require surgery and is no longer wearing a cast or splint on his wrist.
While he continues to build up strength, Duvall has been doing both offensive and defensive drills on the field, as was the case on Wednesday. The left-handed hitter will need to go out on a rehab assignment and get into a few minor-league games before being activated.
“I’m taking ground balls, taking fly balls,” said Duvall. “Starting to hit the ball off the Tee. I think we’ll just continue to try to push it and see where we’re at. We’ll take some swings and then see where we’re at the next morning. Did you go too far? Do you need to do more? Right now, it has been responding really well. We’re just going to keep taking those next steps.”
Signed to a one-year, $7 million deal in January, Duvall had been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball to begin the 2023 season. In his first eight games with Boston, the veteran slugger batted .455/.514/1.030 with five doubles, one triple, four home runs, 14 RBIs, 11 runs scored, three walks, and five strikeouts over 37 plate appearances.
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