Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts banged his right knee while rounding third base on Monday afternoon against the Nationals and he was not in the starting lineup Tuesday, but there’s good news out of Boston.
According to Alex Speier of WEEI, an MRI taken Tuesday morning on Bogaerts’ knee came back clean and he could return to action as early as Wednesday.
Bogaerts is off to a hot start this season for the Red Sox, hitting .433 with a 1.033 OPS through 34 plate appearances. The 22-year-old budding star has seven RBI in seven games.
From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch comes word that Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova threw 20 pitches of live batting practice on Tuesday afternoon at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. It was his first time facing hitters since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.
Nova will throw another round of live BP on Friday. He’ll eventually progress to simulated games and then he will head off on a minor league rehab assignment. The expectation is that Nova will become an option for the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early June.
Nova, 28, posted a 3.10 ERA and 116 strikeouts across 139 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2013.
He only made four starts last year before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.
Watch as Dustin Pedroia lifts this Stephen Strasburg pitch over the Green Monster on Tuesday night …
Vintage stuff from Pedroia, who already has three homers in 2015. He didn’t reach three homers until June 7 last year and finished with a career-low .712 OPS. It seems the 31-year-old is primed for a big bounceback.
Kole Calhoun has been out of the Angels’ starting lineup since Saturday with tightness in his right calf. He was able to pinch hit on Monday in Arlington, Texas — and even roped an RBI single — but the calf apparently didn’t respond too well to that.
Calhoun is out again Tuesday and told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to return to action until Friday, at the earliest. “It’s not there yet,” said the Angels’ regular leadoff man.
Erick Aybar is at the top of Anaheim’s batting order on Tuesday night against the Rangers and Collin Cowgill is playing right field.
Calhoun, 27, batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 90 runs in 127 games last season.
Frightening scene at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco had to leave on a cart Tuesday evening after getting struck in the left side of his face by a Melky Cabrera line drive. The ball first glanced off Carrasco’s right wrist and then ricocheted, but that didn’t do much to soften the blow. He was face-down in front of the mound for about a minute before trainers slowly helped him to his feet. Carrasco was able to walk to the cart under his own power, so we’ll take that as a positive sign.
Carrasco was a breakout star for the Indians in 2014, posting a spectacular 1.69 ERA and 117 strikeouts across his final 112 innings.
The 28-year-old right-hander fanned 10 over 6 1/3 scoreless frames in his 2015 debut last week in Houston.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m. ET: Great news here from CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes …