BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts considers himself a fast healer and hopes that will help him get back on the field within the next couple of weeks after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a small crack in the talus bone of his left
BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts considers himself a fast healer and hopes that will help him get back on the field within the next couple of weeks after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a small crack in the talus bone of his left ankle.
The timetable given by the Red Sox on Monday was 10 to 14 days.
"It depends on how my body recovers from it or responds to it," said Bogaerts. "I think my body is normally really good at that, so we'll see how long it takes, and whenever I'm ready, I'll go out there and try to help the team again."
Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in time for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, will be one of the players manager Alex Cora uses to fill in for Bogaerts.
Brock Holt got the start at short in Tuesday's game. And Eduardo Nunez, who has been playing second base regularly with Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, could also see some time at short.
Cora plans on making it a committee position for the time being, factoring in matchups as well as defensive alignments when making the decision on a daily basis.
"Between Nunez, Holt and Lin, we'll be fine," said Cora. "They're going to play good defense, and we'll take that on a daily basis, who's going to play short. Obviously Xander is an elite shortstop, I understand that. When he comes back, he comes back. I'm not going to rush him. I'm not going to push him to come sooner rather than later. But we've got to move on. We've got to keep playing."
The injury was sustained when Bogaerts slid into the open stairwell of the third-base dugout on Sunday, attempting to recover an errant throw to prevent a run from scoring.
Prior to the injury, Bogaerts was leading the Red Sox with a .368 average and had a career-best six RBIs, including a grand slam, in Saturday's win vs. the Rays. This is his first stint on the DL since he sustained a concussion in August 2014.
"Being part of this team the way they're playing right now, I think anyone can come in and fill in and do the job," said Bogaerts. "It's just a lot of positive energy here, and I don't want this to be a setback for anyone. It's just the next guy up coming in to do their part."
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