Xander Bogaerts leaves game with right hamstring cramp

Rob Bradford
May 24, 2014 - 4:13 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The hits keep coming for the Red Sox ... and not in the way they were hoping. The Sox were forced to deal with yet another injury, Saturday, with shortstop Xander Bogaerts leaving the Red Sox' game with the Rays in the 11th inning with a right hamstring cramp. "I felt a little bit of tightness on the second pitch of the last at-bat," he explained after the Red Sox' 15-inning, 6-5 loss to the Rays. "It just cramped up and I knew something wasn'€™t good. "Normally I get it mostly in my calves. I'€™ve that a few times this year, maybe twice. This was probably the first time I'€™ve felt it in my hamstring area during the season. But I think I'€™ll be ready for [Sunday]." Bogaerts had been the only member of the Sox' lineup to claim two hits in what was a 5-5 game at the time of the rookie's exit. By the time the 12th inning rolled around, his seventh inning bloop single was the only hit notched by the Red Sox following their four first-inning hits. Bogaerts has had to deal with various ailments throughout the young season, including calf and hip issues. "I went to the trainer'€™s room and they loosened it up," he said. "Thank God I don'€™t think it'€™s something that serious, just a cramp. Something I get sometimes. "It can be a few different things. Turf. Last night was a late night and then we have an early game today so I get the field a bit early so I probably didn'€™t rest that much as I should of."