The first half of the 2021 MLB season has been a success for the Boston Red Sox. At 44-30, the team sits atop the AL East, however, they're just half a game ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Rays. While the Red Sox would love to create some separation between themselves and the Rays, that task becomes more difficult following some bad news the club received on Tuesday.
Infielder Christian Arroyo left Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning with a knee injury. Fast forward to Thursday and the Red Sox have placed the 26-year-old on the 10-day injured list with a right knee contusion. It's also the second time that Arroyo is landing on the IL this season, albeit for a different reason.
Christian Arroyo Injury Update
While Arroyo's presence will surely be missed by the Red Sox and their fans alike, the good news is that his placement is retroactive to June 21. That means that the earliest he can return would be for the final game of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, July 1.
After spending his first few seasons with three different teams, Arroyo was traded to the Red Sox from the Cleveland Indians last season. Ever since arriving in Boston, he's looked like a better player.
Before winding up on the IL again, Arroyo was having his best campaign to date. The young infielder has recorded career-highs in doubles (9), home runs (4) and RBI (19) in 125 at-bats so far this year. That's not to mention how he's slashing .264/.324/.432, which is up from his career average of .233/.295/.382.
If the Red Sox want to continue finding success this season, they'll need Arroyo to be as healthy as can be once he returns. Boston is currently favored to win the AL East at +160 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, their odds to win the World Series sit at +2000 (10th), which ranks behind the New York Yankees (+1300) and Rays (+1400) when it comes to divisional rivals.
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