3 ways the Boston Red Sox can replace the injured Adam Duvall
Option 3: Red Sox promote Jarren Duran
The last option would be promoting Jarren Duran to play center field. I previously wrote about Duran in spring training and how he arrived with tremendous excitement. Unfortunately, he lost some of this early momentum after he left to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and he did not make the major league team to start the season.
In five games for the Worcester Red Sox, Duran has batted .278 with four extra-base hits and a 1.101 OPS. While Duran would be an intriguing option, he is a left-handed hitter in a Red Sox lineup that is already left-handed heavy. Additionally, he would be better served to get regular at-bats in Worcester rather than being a part-time platoon player at the major league level. As such, this is the least likely scenario the Red Sox would use.
In the coming days, Red Sox fans will learn the extent of Duvall's injury and what plan the team has to replace him. For the near future, the Red Sox will likely platoon Tapia and Refsnyder in centerfield and Kiké Hernández will remain at shortstop. If this plan falters, look for the Red Sox to utilize Dalbec or Duran. Regardless, it will be impossible for any of these options to replace Duvall's substantial production early this season. As such, Red Sox fans will hold out hope that his injury is not significant.