Xander Bogaerts' hot start in Boston derailed by cracked bone in left ankle

Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts is off to a blazing start this season, hitting .368 with nine RBI, seven doubles, and a pair of home runs as the Red Sox have gotten of to an 8-1 start.

But Boston will have to make due without the 2016 All-Star for the next couple of weeks at least after Bogaerts was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his left ankle on Monday. He is being placed on the 10-day disabled list and is expected to miss 10-14 days, the team announced.

Bogaerts suffered the injury on Sunday when he slid into the Tampa Bay Rays dugout while chasing a misplayed ball. He needed help off the field and was replaced by Brock Holt in the lineup.

“I feel comfortable at shortstop, second base, third base — pretty much anywhere,” Holt said on Sunday. “It’s a tough team to crack the lineup. I hate to see (Bogaerts) get injured there. … But I feel like I can step in and do a good job.”

The Red Sox called up Triple-A infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to fill Bogaerts’ roster spot.

Xander Bogaerts, center, is assisted as he leaves the field as manager Alex Cora, left, looks on in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. (AP)

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