Eduardo Nuñez will miss at least a week of play with a sprained PCL. The damage was done during last weekend’s stretch against the Rays after Nuñez slide awkwardly into second. Despite staying in the game, the 30-year old was limping and very clearly uncomfortable. Now, it’s reported that the damage done was a sprained PCL in the third baseman’s knee.
While this injury is nowhere near as severe as a sprained ACL or MCL. Injuries to the PCL, or posterior cruciate ligament for those who are anatomically curious, usually happens after a direct blow to the knee. Nuñez clearly slammed his kneecap into the ground, causing the issue.
Acquired at the trade deadline, the veteran has posted a 319/.351/.534 line for his time in Boston thus far. While the possibility of him being out longer than a week is there, if Nuñez and the Red Sox don’t rush it the injury won’t increase in severity or longevity.
Nuñez is a free agent after this season.
Here’s what other news and rumors are happening across the American League East:
- Check out how the Rays prospects are doing, including Tampa Bay’s first round draft pick this year, Brendan McKay.
- Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley will need to be flawless for the Orioles to make the playoffs.
- The Yankees’ offense is heating up at the right time. But can they sustain the surge?
- Roberto Osuna and Michael Saunders have been added to the paternity list for the birth of their children (respectively, they’re not having twins together although that’d be a great idea).
- Gary Sanchez’s first two seasons are without historical precedent.
- Xander Bogaerts has been awful against lefties.
- There is no good reason Austin Hays is not playing.
- The Rays will return to Tropicana Field on Friday against the Red Sox.
- Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez has been shut down for the season by the Blue Jays.
- David Robertson looks just like he did three years ago.
- Could these surprising righties in the Red Sox bullpen become vital to the team for a post season run?