Xander Bogaerts' hot start in Boston derailed by cracked bone in left ankle

Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts is off to a blazing start this season, hitting .368 with nine RBI, seven doubles, and a pair of home runs as the Red Sox have gotten of to an 8-1 start.

But Boston will have to make due without the 2016 All-Star for the next couple of weeks at least after Bogaerts was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his left ankle on Monday. He is being placed on the 10-day disabled list and is expected to miss 10-14 days, the team announced.

Bogaerts suffered the injury on Sunday when he slid into the Tampa Bay Rays dugout while chasing a misplayed ball. He needed help off the field and was replaced by Brock Holt in the lineup.

“I feel comfortable at shortstop, second base, third base — pretty much anywhere,” Holt said on Sunday. “It’s a tough team to crack the lineup. I hate to see (Bogaerts) get injured there. … But I feel like I can step in and do a good job.”

The Red Sox called up Triple-A infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to fill Bogaerts’ roster spot.

Xander Bogaerts, center, is assisted as he leaves the field as manager Alex Cora, left, looks on in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. (AP)
Xander Bogaerts, center, is assisted as he leaves the field as manager Alex Cora, left, looks on in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. (AP)

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