On Friday night yet another left fielder for the Boston Red Sox bites the dust. Brock Holt sprained his ankle sliding into 2nd base on a stolen base in the 4th inning and had to leave the game a bit hobbled. It’s too early to tell if the injury will sideline Holt for very long, but left fielders have had a hell of a time this season. Holt is the 3rd Red Sox left fielder to get hurt in the last 5 weeks and his 2nd injury this year. Holt recently returned from an extended absence due to a concussion and lingering symptoms, so for his sake, I hope the injury won’t keep him away from baseball long.
In early June, Blake Swihart jammed his left ankle on the concrete wall while making a catch near foul territory and has yet to return. A few weeks later, Chris Young strained his hamstring rounding first base after a solid base hit and is still on the 15-day DL nursing the injury. Both players are improving and Swihart has begun hitting again, but whoever steps into left field next for the Red Sox better be extra cautious. I’m looking at you Bryce Brentz.