Eduardo Nunez

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Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to be sidelined at least a week with PCL sprain

John Tomase
September 12, 2017 - 8:09 pm

Eduardo Nunez, so pivotal to a second-half surge that has pushed the Red Sox back into first place, has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss at least a week.

That's a worse prognosis than the Red Sox expected when Nunez left Saturday's 9-0 victory against the Rays with a bruise after stumbling into second on a stolen base.

But when his condition didn't improve Sunday or Monday, Nunez was sent out for an MRI which revealed the damage to his PCL. Manager John Farrell said it's too soon to tell if he'll return before the end of the regular season.

"It's not MCL, it's not ACL related," Farrell said. "But there's some sprain condition in the knee. It's going to be a 7-10 day reevaluation period from the time of the injury, which was Saturday night. We'll miss him in the top part of the order, what he's meant to us, but we've got opportunity for other guys to step up and take on that added responsibility."

Nunez has been a godsend since arriving from the Giants on July 25, hitting .319 with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 37 games. He has spent the bulk of his time at second base, filling in for Dustin Pedroia while the incumbent dealt with a knee injury of his own, but has also appeared at third and short.

Nunez sounded confident that he'll be able to return.

"This time of year you don't want to miss any games," Nunez said. "You know, we're in the race for the playoffs, but hopefully I'm just back soon. The good news is, it's nothing more serious. It's nothing that I can just miss all season. It's just a week and we'll see what's going on."

(Rob Bradford contributed to this report)

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