ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Already shorthanded, the Red Sox suffered another injury on Sunday.
Mookie Betts appeared to hurt his right hand when he was hit by the tag running out a grounder to third base in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. He went out to play defense in the bottom of the fourth, but kept looking at his hand and shaking it while in the outfield.
He was removed and replaced by Rajai Davis in the fifth inning. The Red Sox announced that Betts exited the game with a bruised thumb.
The play in question was a routine grounder to third baseman Evan Longoria, but Longoria’s throw was a bit wide and first baseman Lucas Duda jumped off the bag to snag it, then slapped Betts with the tag, knocking his helmet off in the process. Betts was holding onto his right hand.