CHICAGO — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday’s extra-inning 4-2 win in the bottom of the seventh inning with a left thigh laceration. Bogaerts is day to day after receiving seven stitches.
With runners on first and second and two outs, the Cubs attempted a double steal. Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez threw out Willson Contreras at second, but it came at a cost with Contreras’s cleat hitting the back of Bogaerts’s left leg on the slide.
Manager Alex Cora and the training staff came out to check on Bogaerts and ultimately decided to pull him from the contest. Christian Arroyo moved to shortstop and Trevor Story — originally scheduled for a day off — came in to play second base.
“It was a little hole in there,” Bogaerts said regarding his leg after the game. “So, I had to get it right. I wouldn’t say it was hurting. It just wasn’t looking right and needed to be taken care of for sure.”
Bogaerts said he got clipped right in the meaty part of his quad right above his knee and is thankful that he eluded serious injury. When asked if he could play Monday against the Rays at Fenway, Bogaerts said he wasn’t sure.
“I have some numbness right now,” Bogaerts said. “I don’t feel anything. I could probably play right now. But I don’t know how I will feel with the stitches and stuff like that tomorrow.”