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.
First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.
Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.
Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.