Chris Young Injury: Updates on Red Sox OF's Hamstring and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Boston Red Sox's Chris Young takes a swing during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Boston Red Sox outfielder Chris Young left Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox after suffering a hamstring injury while making the turn around first base. The team placed him on the disabled list, and it is uncertain when he'll return to the field.

Continue for updates.

Young Placed on 15-Day DL

Thursday, June 23

The Red Sox have yet to make a corresponding roster move, according to Sean McAdam of 

The 32-year-old veteran had to be helped off the field following the injury, which Raul Martinez of NBC Boston speculated was a hamstring issue since Young grabbed the back of his leg.

Young Off to Promising Start for Red Sox in '16

Young has been starting recently for the Red Sox due to both Brock Holt and Blake Swihart being on the disabled list.

He is enjoying a solid season with a .277 batting average, six home runs and 15 RBI in 130 at-bats, but Boston may be forced to find an alternative if Young's injury lands him on the DL as well.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts make up the rest of what has been a productive outfield for the Red Sox, but the only other regular outfielder on the roster currently is 27-year-old journeyman Ryan LaMarre.

LaMarre entered the game with just 26 career at-bats to his credit before replacing Young when he was forced to exit.

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The Red Sox lead Major League Baseball in runs scored and batting average, so they should be able to continue putting up numbers even if Young is forced to miss some time.

His absence will undoubtedly hurt the overall depth of their lineup, though, and it will make life far easier for opposing pitchers, particularly southpaws, due to Young's proficiency against lefties.

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