Will Triston Casas return to his Dominican Winter League team after knee injury?
Triston Casas hasn’t played for his Dominican Winter League team, the Tigres del Licey, since mid-October, and according to the Boston Red Sox, he won’t return.
Casas has been sidelined with knee soreness and the Sox recently brought him back to Boston to be evaluated. Despite Chaim Bloom’s clarification that the Sox aren’t concerned about the injury, it’s noteworthy that they wanted a second opinion and that he’s been sidelined significantly longer than initially expected. Thankfully, an MRI revealed no structural damage.
However, hours after Bloom told Alex Speier that Casas had returned to Florida and wouldn’t rejoin the Tigres, their GM said otherwise:
Casas made his long-awaited Red Sox debut in September and impressed in his brief time in the bigs. Over 27 games, he collected 15 hits – including a double and five home runs – 11 runs scored, 12 RBI, and a stolen base. Though he struck out 23 times, he also drew 19 walks. However, his debut came later than expected, in part because he missed a sizable portion of the minor-league season due to an ankle sprain. The upside is that Casas retains his rookie eligibility for 2023.
The 22-year-old rookie is considered a huge part of the next era of the Red Sox, and a multitude of injuries across the roster already derailed the 2022 season. If he’s hurt, he shouldn’t return to the Tigres. Structural damage or not, something is keeping him off the field. Better for him to sit out now than during the Red Sox season.