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Xander Bogaerts getting MRI on hand following hit-by-pitch almost 2 weeks ago

Ryan Hannable
July 18, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Xander Bogaerts hasn't been right following being hit by a pitch in the right hand while in Tampa before the All-Star break on July 6.

Since being hit, Bogaerts is batting just .154 (4-for-26) with only one RBI, while also struggling a bit in the field. After being in the original lineup on Tuesday, he was scratched so he could go get a MRI.

Manager John Farrell acknowledged Bogaerts' recent struggles are indeed related to his hand.

"Yeah, where he was hit in the right hand, that has been nagging him," he said. "I think as you look at the way he's been swinging the bat of late, and set aside the production or the numbers, it is affecting how aggressively he can swing. You see his top hand release earlier than normal. He's been dealing with this as best possible, but we sent him for a MRI here this afternoon, late. I think he just left here shortly awhile ago. We'll get a better read on it here tonight. He would be available only in an emergency here tonight.

"Hopefully this is just a day-to-day situation."

Deven Marrero will get the start at shortstop in his place on Tuesday, but the Red Sox do not have much depth behind Bogaerts, so a prolonged absence would not be the greatest thing in the world for the team.