The Boston Red Sox injury list gained a new name last night after catcher Ryan Lavarnway left the field during their 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay Rays.
It was confirmed by MLB.com that Lavarnway will require a MRI scan on his left wrist after complaining about soreness against the Rays. The catcher has not been placed on the DL until the Red Sox investigate the injury further.
Due to the injury crisis, Lavarnway was required to make his first-ever MLB start at first base but wasn’t able to complete the game.
The 26-year-old catcher has been used sparingly by the Red Sox in the majors as they hope to nurture their young talent but Lavarnway is a doubt for the weekend’s two clashes against the Rays and joins seven other players on the Red Sox injury list.
Current big names on the list include David Ortiz who has a sore right calf, Mike Napoli who sprained his left ring finger against Atlanta on Thursday and Will Middlebrooks who fractured his right index finger in the same game.
Both Napoli and Middlebrooks have been placed on the 15-day disabled list and leave huge holes in the Red Sox line-up. The pair were pillars on the field and with the bat last season during their side’s World Series victory.
Despite the injury worries the Red Sox have finally been able to produce consistency on the field. They have won their last four games in a row and came off a 10-game losing streak which saw them plummet to the bottom of the American League East division.
Their slight recovery has lifted them above Tampa Bay but they still trail Toronto Blue Jays seven games behind.
The 2013 World Series champions will hope to continue their revival this weekend in their two clashes against the Rays but have a severely weakened roster without some key players.
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