Boesch announced Tuesday that he has retired from professional baseball, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The 31-year-old wasn't able to pick up a spring-training invite from any team after he batted just .221/.266/.345 over 158 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization last season. Prior to that, Boesch had been a respectable platoon outfielder in the big leagues in stints with the Tigers, Yankees, Angels and Reds. Over parts of six seasons in the majors, Boesch hit .250 and amassed 48 homers, good for a career wRC+ of 89.
Boesch (wrist) was activated off the disabled list Friday and reported to Triple- A Pawtucket, Bill Koch of the Providence Journal reports. Boesch wasn't in the PawSox's lineup Friday, but after a lengthy rehab stint at extended spring training and fresh from the Gulf Coast League, the six-year veteran's arrival comes at an opportune time as Boston deals with injuries in the outfield. If Boesch can get back to the form that made him a regular with the Tigers from 2010-12, the Red Sox may need his services in Boston.
Boesch was reassigned to minor league camp Monday. Boesch underwent wrist surgery last week and is expected to miss 2-to-3 months, so his exclusion from the Opening Day roster comes as no surprise. The soon-to-be-31-year-old likely didn't stand much of a chance of making the roster anyway, and the injury further impedes any opportunity he had to work his way back to the majors later in the year.
Boesch underwent wrist surgery Tuesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Per the report, Boesch will be facing an 8-to-12 week recovery timetable. The outfielder was seen as a longshot to make the Opening Day roster to begin with, but the broken wrist he suffered last week in spring training will effectively rule out any chance he may have had to work his way back to the big leagues until toward the end of the season.
Boesch has been diagnosed with a right wrist injury and is out indefinitely, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Boesch exited Friday's spring training game after diving for a fly ball and had to be helped off the field by trainers. After going in for X-rays, he has officially been diagnosed with a broken wrist. As a non-roster invitee, this effectively ends his bid at landing a spot on the Opening Day roster. A timetable on his return should be made available later in the weekend.
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