The Boston Red Sox placed Adam Duvall on the injured list with a fractured left wrist on Monday. Despite the grim news, there's reason for optimism.
Duvall could return to the lineup sooner than anticipated. After Monday's 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Alex Cora shared an encouraging update on the veteran outfielder's injury.
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“Just a fracture, that’s it. So we’re thrilled, no surgery,” Cora told reporters. “Now it’s just put a cast on and then let it heal. He’ll be back whenever he’s ready.”
There is no official timetable for Duvall's return. But according to MLB.com's Ian Browne, no surgery means he could be back within six to eight weeks. Considering the injury was to the same wrist he underwent season-ending surgery on last season, that's positive news for the Red Sox.
Duvall, who signed a one-year deal worth $ 7 million during the offseason, was Boston's hottest hitter to begin the 2023 campaign. Through eight games, he hit .455 with four home runs, 14 RBI, and an MLB-leading 1.544 OPS.
Bobby Dalbec was recalled from Triple-A Worcester to take Duvall's spot on the roster. Rob Refsnyder replaced him in center field on Monday night.