The Boston Red Sox were delivered a huge blow on Sunday.
In Sunday’s game against the Tigers, outfielder Adam Duvall appeared to injure his wrist after laying out to make a sliding catch. Duvall was unable to come up with the ball after his glove got stuck in the ground and would later leave the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Adam Duvall leaves the game after not being able to come up with this catch
Duvall is leading the league in OPS (1.544) pic.twitter.com/2kf87LPipG
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 9, 2023
According to Julian Williams of the Boston Globe, it’s the same wrist that Duvall had surgery on last year when he was with the Atlanta Braves. Duvall underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. He sustained the injury after jamming his left wrist against the wall while pursuing a foul ball in a game against the Los Angeles Angels in July of last year.
With Duvall’s wrist being surgically repaired, there’s an obvious fear that he could miss a significant amount of time. McWilliams reported that the Red Sox won’t release an update on Duvall’s status until Monday, but that infielder Bobby Dalbec will be joining the team in Tampa. That could be an ominous sign for Duvall’s prognosis. McWilliams mentions that Duvall had X-Rays done at Comerica Park on Sunday and that Red Sox assistant GM Eddie Romero and head trainer Brandon Henry were huddled around just outside the clubhouse.
This news is such a huge blow to the Red Sox because the 34-year-old Duvall is having his best season to date. After signing a one-year, $7 million contract with Boston over the offseason, the veteran outfielder is leading the MLB in OPS (1.544) through eight games. In 37 plate appearances, Duvall is hitting .455/.514/1.030 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.
The MLB world reacted to the terrible Red Sox news on social media:
“Man, I hate this,” wrote Grant McAuley.
“Adam Duvall hurting his wrist is about as bad as it gets for this Red Sox team right now,” Rob Bradford tweeted. “Comes right out of the game.”
“Sitting here just really hoping Adam Duvall is ok,” said Lucy Burdge.
“Take my wrist,” tweeted Jared Carrabis.