Ryan Lavarnway to receive MRI on left wrist

May 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
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Injuries keep mounting for the Red Sox at first base. Mike Napoli is on the disabled list. Mike Carp was limited to defense and baserunning by a sore foot that was hit by a pitch earlier in the week. David Ortiz was out of Thursday's lineup due to tightness in his right calf and available only for a single pinch-hitting appearance. Add to the wreckage. Ryan Lavarnway, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket when Napoli landed on the DL to give the Sox a right-handed option at first base, suffered a wrist injury in an eight-pitch, second-inning at-bat that culminated in a groundout. He stayed in the game for the next few innings, but soon realized something was wrong to the point where it became necessary for him to come out of the game. "It was on one of the balls I fouled straight back in my first at-bat. I felt a pain in my hand/wrist area," said Lavarnway. "I thought I would be able to play through it. Tried to stay in the game, obviously, tried to play through it. When I got in the on-deck circle for my next at-bat, when [Grady Sizemore] ended up making the last out, I was having a real difficult time swinging. So I wanted to let a healthy guy have that at-bat instead of trying to force my way in and giving them an easy out." Lavarnway, manager John Farrell said, will undergo an MRI on Thursday. At a time when a long-awaited major league opportunity had arrived, the 26-year-old's ability to play is now in question. "There's never a good time for an injury," said Lavarnway. "I'm disappointed right now, but hopefully it's nothing major and I can get back out there pretty quick."

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