Red Sox get a glimmer of good news on Adam Duvall’s injury

Boston Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Red Sox center fielder Adam Duvall. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Red Sox won’t have Adam Duvall for several weeks because of a wrist fracture, but there is a silver lining to the injury.

So, the bad news is pretty bad: Adam Duvall fractured his wrist and will miss at least a month though the Red Sox have no timetable for his return.

But it could have been worst.

On Monday night, manager Alex Cora delivered some good news on the injury: Duvall doesn’t need surgery.

Adam Duvall injury: No surgery necessary is good news for Red Sox

Duvall is on the 10-day injured list but he’ll be on IL for longer. At best, the fracture will take four to six weeks to heal. It’s likely he’ll miss more time than that. At least one sports medicine expert on Twitter suggests a minimum of eight weeks for a return to action.

The plus side is the lack of surgery, which could have sidelined him for even more time.

The Red Sox will have to find a way to stay afloat without Duvall, who was one of the hottest hitters in baseball to start the season. They’ve brought up Bobby Dalbec from Triple-A while other internal options could help fill the gap with some creative platooning.

It’s not an ideal situation but it’s also less dire than it might have been.

Of course, moods won’t be helped by Monday’s showing against the Rays. Boston had just three hits in a 1-0 loss to the undefeated Tampa Bay Rays. Duvall’s bat would have been helpful.

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