Downs (side) will be available for Saturday's spring game against the Braves, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. The 22-year-old has been sidelined this week after suffering an injury to his left side last weekend, but he should return to game action Saturday. Downs played 12 games at Double-A in 2019, but he could open 2021 at the Triple-A level after working at the alternate training site last season.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Downs is feeling "OK" after injuring his left side in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Cora didn't suggest that Downs would require an MRI, so the 22-year-old appears to have avoided a more serious injury such as an oblique strain. The Red Sox are viewing Downs as day-to-day, but he looks like he'll have a chance to return to the spring lineup later this week.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Downs was removed from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins due to a left side injury, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Cora acknowledged the possibility that Downs might be dealing with an oblique strain, but the Red Sox training staff will likely put the middle-infield prospect through more tests before a firmer diagnosis is made. Downs picked up the injury when he dove after a ball while playing shortstop.
Downs left Sunday's spring game against the Twins after a dive attempt during the seventh inning, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. The 22-year-old came off the bench Sunday but didn't have a plate appearance after suffering the injury in the field. Downs was able to leave the field under his own power, so it may not end up being a serious issue.
Downs went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's spring game against the Twins. Downs showed why he's Boston's top prospect, entering the game in the fifth inning and belting a two-run homer. The next inning he smoked an RBI-single to right-center. Downs appeared at shortstop Sunday, but his long-term position in the organization will be at second base, which has been a black hole since Dustin Pedroia's balky knees eventually forced him to retire. The 22-year-old infielder spent 2020 at Boston's alternate training site and could open this year at Triple-A Worcester, per Christopher Smith of MassLive.com.