Xander Bogaerts Hand Injury Diagnosed as Sprained Joint

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 29:  Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base in the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park on June 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was diagnosed with a hand injury after Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, though it doesn't appear he will miss much time.

According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Boston manager John Farrell said Bogaerts "has a muscle contusion and a small sprain on a joint in his hand" and is considered day to day.

Bogaerts missed a few games in early July with minor hand and groin injuries, but he's otherwise been healthy and productive in 2017.

Through 86 games, the 24-year-old slashed .296/.353/.432 with six home runs, 42 RBI and nine stolen bases. He hasn't been sharp in the field, however, having posted minus-seven defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs.

If Bogaerts does miss time, Deven Marrero will likely be his primary replacement at shortstop.    

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