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Xander Bogaerts' hand is still really swollen

Rob Bradford
July 07, 2017 - 7:58 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Xander Bogaerts was hopeful he could play Friday night. But when he woke up, that option quickly went out the window.

Bogaerts showed up to Tropicana Field before the Red Sox' second game of their series with the Rays with a right hand that was extremely swollen. It was, of course, a byproduct of being hit in the side of the hand with a 92 mph fastball in the first inning of the Sox' 4-1 loss the night before.

"I knew coming into today it would be tough to play, but I didn't expect it to feel this bad," Bogaerts said. "Hopefully tomorrow it's much better than it is today."

Bogaerts did try and go out in the field after suffering the injury in the top of the first, but after making one throw it became clear Tsu-Wei Lin would be forced to move over to shortstop. A little time later he was receiving X-rays, which ultimately came back negative.

"I was looking to play today, but I can't," said Bogaerts, who recently missed two games due to a sore groin muscle. "I've missed a lot of games this past week so I just want to be out there and play a few games because otherwise it's going to be a long time off. It went down a lot but it still has some swelling in areas. I'm lucky it didn't get me on the bone, but it still hurts. ... To hold a bat and to throw a bat is pretty tough. Throwing-wise a bit more, to be honest."

Bogaerts is currently hitting .308 with an .818 OPS, having just finished second to Kansas City's Mike Moustakas for the final spot on the American League All-Star team.

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