Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland was forced to make an early departure from Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday. In the seventh inning, Moreland sprinted toward home plate to score on Ian Kinsler‘s RBI double, but appeared to grab at his hamstring and was quickly lifted from the game. After the game, manager Alex Cora revealed that the first baseman had been lifted with hamstring tightness, though the injury doesn’t appear severe enough to force Moreland to sit out the rest of the series.
Moreland, 33, has dealt with his share of leg issues over the last year as he was sidelined for nearly six weeks with a left knee contusion. Despite missing a chunk of playing time to a lengthy recovery process, he finished the regular season with a respectable .245/.325/.433 batting line, 15 home runs, and a .758 OPS through 459.
On Saturday, the infielder went 1-for-3 with a base hit prior to his departure in the seventh, after which he was replaced by Steve Pearce to start the eighth inning. As with any other injured player on a postseason roster, Moreland could be swapped out for a replacement player for the remainder of the series (assuming his hamstring injury gets worse over the next few days), but would not be eligible to play in the ALCS should the Red Sox advance that far.