Duval’s Injury Could Have Been A Lot Worse
Over the weekend, Boston suffered a major setback against the Tigers, but as it turns out, things could have been a lot worse for the center fielder.
Adam Duvall fractured his wrist in the team’s road victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that sealed the sweep. Duvall, who suffered the injury while attempting a diving catch off the bat of Spencer Torkelson, underwent a series of tests on Monday, and it was determined it WOULD NOT require surgery to heal the fracture.
The Red Sox would have likely had to wait much longer for the veteran outfielder to rejoin the lineup had he needed surgery to repair his wrist.
When Can We Expect Duvall Back?
According to a source, there’s a chance Duvall could return in six to eight weeks by forgoing the surgery, MLB.com’s Ian Browne said in a column published on Monday. If surgery had been necessary, he might have missed eight to ten weeks of work, possibly more.
So let’s say he takes seven weeks to heal, with a week to regain strength in his wrist and a few games on a rehab assignment to find his swing. That means we could see Duval back in the Red Sox lineup around mid-June, which was a lot better than the alternative had he needed to get surgery on the wrist. If that was the case, he’s probably out until the All-Star break.
So, all things considered, this is good news for Duvall and the Red Sox.
The Corresponding Move
Boston placed Duvall on the 10-day injured list on Monday, and Bobby Dalbec, who had been summoned from Triple-A Worcester, took Duvall’s position on the roster. Dalbec is anticipated to play some shortstop, while Kiké Hernández, Rob Refsnyder, and Raimel Tapia are all expected to fill in for Duvall in center field until his return.