Injury updates: Bogaerts, Bryant, Suarez
Here’s a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Bogaerts came off the disabled list Friday for the start of Boston’s weekend series against the Rays. The shortstop suffered a small fracture in the talus bone of his left ankle on April 8.
He hit a home run and a double to opposite field in a rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.
“I talked to him … and he was very upbeat,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “He didn’t have to convince me. He was emphatic and genuine, and he said it with conviction. He’s upbeat and we’re looking forward to having him back at shortstop in the middle of the lineup.”
Eugenio Suarez, David Hernandez, Reds
The Reds got two players back from the disabled list this week with Suarez (fractured right thumb) returning Thursday and Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) coming off the DL Friday.
Suarez went 0-for-4 in his return against the Braves but made a nice diving stop and threw out Kurt Suzuki from his knees in the fourth inning.
“I feel so excited to be back this quick,” said Suarez, who added that he he’s no longer experiencing pain in his thumb.
Hernandez, meanwhile, is joining the Reds, with whom he signed a two-year deal in January, for the first time. He made three Minor League rehab appearances for Louisville and allowed five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Brock Holt, Red Sox
The Boston infielder was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday after exiting Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays with tightness in his left hamstring. He sustained the injury when running to second on a double in the top of the third.
“I hate to [just] say he’ll be ready in eight days or six days or seven days. But he won’t be ready the next few days,” said Cora. “And where we’re at, with Xander coming back, we know about Eduardo [Nunez] giving off-days for [Rafael] Devers. It’s good for him. I’ve been saying all along, I need these guys to be close to 100 percent, so [Holt will] get his time to recover, and we’ll keep [Tzu-Wei] Lin. He’s going to help us out.”
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Bryant was out of the Cubs’ lineup for a fourth straight game Friday, but is expected back Saturday, per manager Joe Maddon. He was struck in the head by a 96-mph fastball from the Rockies’ German Marquez last Sunday in Denver.
“I think he’s feeling more like himself today,” Maddon said Friday. “I guess today he’s had some really good stuff going on workout-wise. I would bet by [Saturday] he’ll be in really good shape.”
Ben Lively, Phillies
One day after he was tagged for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against the D-backs, Lively was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lower back.
Lively downplayed lower back tightness after the loss to Arizona. It’s not yet clear who will take Lively’s turn in the rotation Tuesday in Miami.
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