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Brock Holt leaves game with hamstring injury

Rob Bradford
April 26, 2018 - 8:23 pm

TORONTO -- Everything was going beautifully for Brock Holt ... until he rounded first base in the third inning Thursday night.

Just when it appeared Holt was picking up yet another base-hit during his first at-bat of the Red Sox' series finale against the Blue Jays, the shortstop pulled up lame on his way into second base. After being checked on by Alex Cora and the team's medical staff, it was determined he wouldn't be able to continue, with Tzu-Wei Lin coming on to pinch-run and replace Holt in the field.

The injury was classified as left hamstring tightness by the team.

Holt was scheduled to see more time on the bench in the coming days, with Xander Bogaerts slated to return from the 10-day disabled list Friday. But the lefty hitter had become one of the club's hottest hitters, totaling a .340 batting average and .920 OPS.

After the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, Cora took some of the heat for Holt's injury.

"He’s been running around a lot," the manager said. "Probably it’s on me, his workload went way up there but he’s swinging the bat well and that’s why he’s here, in case of emergency, we feel he’s capable to play high-level baseball for a while. He played a lot and he was getting on, so sometimes I’ve got to be careful with that."

To listen to Holt on the Bradfo Sho podcast, taped before Thursday's game, click here.