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Brennan Boesch diagnosed with second-degree thumb sprain

Aug 12, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

Brennan Boesch

Brennan Boesch‘s thumb injury is more serious than the Tigers initially hoped, as he was diagnosed with a second-degree sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few days.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Boesch saw a hand specialist yesterday, getting an MRI exam and X-rays, but he’ll need the swelling to go down before he can grip a bat with his non-throwing hand.

Boesch described himself as “cautiously optimistic” about avoiding the disabled list and getting back into the lineup by early next week, but in the meantime Ryan Raburn played left field in his absence yesterday.

Even before the injury Boesch was in a second-half slump for the second time in two seasons, although his dropoff after the All-Star break hasn’t been as extreme as the rookie version.

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