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Eduardo Nunez leaves after re-aggravating knee

Rob Bradford
September 25, 2017 - 9:50 pm

Eduardo Nunez's return started really well, but ended in a thud.

The Red Sox' infielder, who was making the start at designated hitter Monday night, was forced to leave his first game back since Sept. 9 after re-aggravating his right knee in his second at-bat. Nunez doubled in his first at-bat, but seemed to tweak the injured knee on a swing next time at-bat.

After a visit from Red Sox manager John Farrell and trainer Masai Takahashi, Nunez remained in for one more pitch. The right hitter lined a shot to third base, barely having to move out of the batter's box. But even without having to run to first, Nunez showed a limp when returning to the dugout.

"My foot got stuck at home plate and we didn't expect that," Nunez said. "We didn't expect it was going to be that tough, so we're going to sit down for a few more days. We're going to keep working, do my treatment and hopefully in the series with Houston try again."

The infielder was blunt in his disappointment after the game.

"It sucks. It sucks," he said. "Especially this time of year when it's close to the playoffs. It sucks."

Sam Travis came on to replace Nunez in the Sox' DH spot.

Prior to the game, Nunez was optimistic about his return from the knee injury.

"The goal today and the first three days is my knee, so the last few days will be my timing," he said. "It's a process. I want to be good for the playoffs."

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