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Xander Bogaerts may be available to start Friday

Rob Bradford
August 02, 2018 - 5:03 pm

After listening to Alex Cora prior to Thursday night's game, there's a little less worry about Xander Bogaerts' right hand.

The Red Sox manager said the shortstop's hand, which was hit by a 99 mph fastball Tuesday night, had progressed enough to suggest Bogaerts might be available to start in the second of the Sox and Yankees' four-game series at Fenway Park.

"Whenever you get hit by 99, especially in the hands, it’s very dangerous," Cora said. "He’ll be OK, I think. It’s good to have two days off too, to help him out, not only for his hand but I think his body. He’s been playing a lot. We’ll take it. I look at it in a positive way. He doesn’t play today, he comes back tomorrow and he resets."

There was some concern considering the pitch hit the same hand which derailed Bogaerts' 2017 season for nearly two months.

"I’ll take my time. Whenever he’s ready, he’ll come back," the manager said. "I’m not going to rush him to get back in the lineup."

Bogaerts is hitting .275 with a .855 OPS and 16 home runs.

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