Red Sox’s All-Star SS Xander Bogaerts Gets 7 Stitches After a Thigh Cut

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in 2019
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in 2019. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/Shutterstock (10376510ab)

We now know why the Boston Red Sox were without their All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts in Monday’s clash against the Tampa Bay Rays. According to the team, Bogaerts is dealing with a thigh laceration that required seven stitches. He is currently considered day-to-day, and there is optimism that he could be back on the field at some point this week.

Bogaerts suffered the injury during a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Cubs’ catcher Wilson Contreras went for the steal on second base, going cleat-first and catching Bogaerts above the knee.

Luckily for the Red Sox and Bogaerts, the injury isn’t severe, and Bogaerts won’t miss much action.

“I was lucky it wasn’t my knee because that wouldn’t have been good at all,” said Bogaerts.

Xander Bogaerts is currently hitting .318 in 76 games this season, which is his best batting average since 2015. The 29-year-old player also has six home runs and 31 RBIs to show for in 2022.

The Red Sox are currently second in the AL East with a 45-35 record but are facing a challenging race towards the postseason. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Rays are breathing down Boston’s neck with 44 and 43 wins, respectively. 

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