Boston Red Sox fans were treated to a 7-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night, but they were also given a scare when outfielder Alex Verdugo exited during the seventh inning after fouling a ball off his right foot.
Fortunately, the Red Sox received great news after the game after X-rays revealed that Verdugo has only suffered a contusion. He's expected to be day-to-day going forward.
Alex Verdugo Injury Update
Verdugo commented on the injury as well, saying that he feels good and that his foot is "sore but it should be all right." His goal is to be back in the lineup as soon as possible, potentially even for Saturday's rematch against the Rangers.
"I’ve got an anti-inflammation patch on [my foot]. So just kind of take it day by day, see how it goes. But my goal is to be in there [Saturday].”- Alex Verdugo
Verdugo is a part of a Red Sox outfield that's been largely underperforming in 2022. The 25-year-old may be on pace for 15 home runs and 77 RBIs this season, but his .217 batting average is the worst since his rookie season. It also doesn't help that his flyball percentage (24.3%) has increased from 2021 (21.0%).
Even though Verdugo's injury isn't serious, giving him a game off might not be the worst idea. Some rest could be what he needs to clear his head and help him see the ball clearly again.
Regardless of whether or not Verdugo plays on Saturday, Boston is going to have to fight for another victory. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Red Sox as the slight +108 moneyline underdog while the Rangers are being favored -126 at home.
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