Red Sox slugger Adam Duvall going on IL with fractured wrist

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Boston Red Sox slugger Adam Duvall is going on the injured list with a fractured left wrist.

Boston manager Alex Cora announced the injury before Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay, saying the center fielder has a distal left wrist fracture.

Duvall was hurt while attempting a diving catch in the outfield in Sunday’s game with Detroit. He was hitting .455 with AL-tying best four homers and 14 RBIs in eight games through Sunday.

Duvall underwent additional tests Monday in Boston. Although Cora had no timetable for his return, Duvall will be out for an extended period. Cora said after a 1-0 loss to the Rays that surgery would not be needed and that the wrist will be placed in a cast.

“The guy’s a good player,” Cora said. “It’s a big blow. But, at the same time, somebody has to step up. He’s going to be back at one point. We’ve just got to be patient. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready.”

Duvall had surgery last summer to repair a torn tendon sheath on the same wrist.

“It’s in the other side,” Cora said on the new injury. “From everything I hear with the procedure he had last year, nothing happened there but obviously there’s more testing going on just to make sure.”

The Red Sox recalled Bobby Dalbec from Triple-A Worcester. He was hitting .261 with one homer and five RBIs over seven minor league games. He can play at first, shortstop and third. Yu Chang will also play shortstop.

Kiké Hernández, Raimel Tapia and Rob Refsnyder will play in center field.

“We’ll mix and match, and see what we can do,” Cora said.

Cora said “there’s a good chance” that right-hander Garrett Whitlock, coming back from hip surgery, will make his season debut Tuesday night against the Rays.

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