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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Xander Bogaerts, Joe Kelly, Mike Napoli

By on 8/23/2014 09:30:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox have had a very poor season due in large part to injuries. They suffered more injuries Friday night as Xander Bogaerts and Joe Kelly each left the game early, Kelly after throwing a pitch and Bogaerts after getting hit in the head with a Felix Hernandez change up. At least they should get Mike Napoli back in the lineup on Saturday. Here are the latest updates.

Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts took an 88-mph change up from Hernandez (video) in the bottom of the fifth. The pitch hit him flush and knocked his helmet off. Bogaerts immediately hit the ground, where he stayed for a full minute. He then ran the bases and played the field in the top of the sixth before Brock Holt pinch hit for him in the bottom of the sixth.'s Steven Peralta reports that Bogaerts then received concussion tests, and the Red Sox are awaiting the results. He will also undergo further evaluation Saturday, which means he will most likely sit out until the results are clear.

Joe Kelly

The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports that Kelly left in the fifth inning after throwing a curve ball that caused what Kelly called a "minor tweak" in his right shoulder. He finished the inning and then came out of the game. Lauber says the removal was for precautionary reasons, and he quoted Kelly expressing that he expects to make his next start on August 27. Said Kelly,
"I told the training staff and medical staff that I want to go my next start. I truly believe that I can go. It's later in the season, and something like that which I've never had came about. More than anything, you don't want to go out there and pitch hurt. It was more precautionary. That term is kind of loosely used, but I honestly believe I’ll be able to make my next start."

Mike Napoli

Meanwhile, ESPN's Joe McDonald tweeted Friday that Napoli should return to the lineup Saturday.
Napoli has missed the last three games with back spasms, but he has recovered enough to play. Daniel Nava and Kelly Johnson played first base in his absence.

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