June 12, 2024

Purple Sox

“He had a superb season. He did properly for us. He’s a man we’re relying on for the longer term.”

Jarren Duran #16 of the Boston Red Sox runs to first baseduring a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday.
Jarren Duran was one of many Purple Sox’ high surprises through the 2023 season. Vincent Alban For The Boston Globe

Jarren Duran’s 2023 season has come to an finish.

Talking forward of Boston’s dwelling matchup in opposition to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night time, Alex Cora introduced that Duran will miss the rest of the 2023 marketing campaign as a result of a turf toe harm that requires surgical procedure.

Cora added that the 26-year-old outfielder is anticipated to be cleared for spring coaching subsequent February.

The speedy heart fielder suffered a left toe sprain again on Aug. 20 whereas attempting to climb the fence at Yankee Stadium in an try to steal a house run from New York infielder Gleyber Torres. He was initially moved to the 10-day IL final week, however extra scans and testing didn’t map out a sensible return in September.

“We’re calling it proper now a nasty turf toe,” Cora stated, as transcribed by MassLive.com’s Sean McAdam. “Once they get in there [surgically], we’ll see the place we’re at with that. He’s going to lose the season and the expectations are that he’ll be again, able to go for spring coaching. They need to go in there and handle it, so we’ll have extra particulars [Wednesday].

“It’s at all times powerful if you lose a participant. However it’s one thing that he’ll be OK. This occurs all through your profession. The timing of it (isn’t optimum). However he had a superb season. He did properly for us. He’s a man we’re relying on for the longer term. He’ll be OK and he’ll bounce again.”

Duran was one of many high surprises for the Purple Sox this season, going from a possible fringe MLB participant this spring to one of many extra electrifying gamers in baseball because the summer time progressed.

Referred to as up in mid-April to exchange an injured Adam Duvall, Duran entrenched himself on the Purple Sox because of improved play each on the plate and within the discipline.

After batting simply .221 with a .645 OPS over 58 video games final season, Duran slashed .295/.346/.482 with an .828 OPS. He slugged eight dwelling runs, drove in 40 runs, and likewise stole 24 bases over 102 video games.

His velocity on the basepaths routinely allowed him to show seemingly innocent bloops and line-drive singles into extra-base hits, together with his 34 doubles rating fourth within the AL. Duran’s improved protection after a number of misadventures within the outfield final yr additionally additional inspired Cora at hand him regular at-bats all through the season.

“It was a extremely good yr,” Cora stated of Duran’s yr, per McAdam. “On the finish, the numbers are the numbers, proper? And that’s how folks consider gamers. The on-base share, the slugging share, the stolen bases, acquired a bit higher defensively. … He went by the ups and downs. He was scorching, he struggled, then (he bounced again). He had a extremely good season.”

However with Durran now on the mend, the Purple Sox will doubtless hand a few of these at-bats to rookie heart fielder Ceddanne Rafaela. Fellow rookie Wilyer Abreu will even earn some extra taking part in time, though he’s at present on MLB’s paternity record.