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Detail of the Boston Red Sox logo on a jersey during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 23, 2018 at Tropicana Field. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have endured all kinds of bad injury news in the 2023 season – even before it started. And we’re here to track it all at the 985TheSportsHub.com Red Sox injury tracker, which you can view below.

It was a rough year on the injury front even before the 2023 campaign kicked off for the Red Sox, who were dealt the news that shortstop Trevor Story had to undergo major elbow surgery and miss substantial time during the regular season. Story entered the season with an expectation to miss at least the first half of the schedule.

Chris Sale, meanwhile, continues to be a real injury concern into 2023. From 2019-2022, Sale averaged just 12 starts and 65 innings per season as he dealt with various injuries, including Tommy John surgery that shut him down for the entire 2020 season. He was finally ready to pitch at the start of the season in 2023, but eventually suffered a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder that has forced him to once again miss time.

MLB Injured List Rules

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 20: A view of the Red Sox logo outside of Fenway Park on May 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A view of the Boston Red Sox logo outside Fenway Park on May 20, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Players can be placed on the 10-day, 15-day, or 60-day injured list, depending on the severity of the injury and associated recovery time. Position players must spend a minimum of 10 days, while for pitchers the minimum is 15 days. Players can be placed on the IL retroactively up to 10 days, in cases where injuries are officially not diagnosed for a time after they are suffered.

Players on the 10-day or 15-day IL are removed from the 25-man roster, but remain on the expanded 40-man roster. Players on the 60-day IL do not count toward either roster. Teams can also utilize the paternity list to replace an expecting father for 1-3 days, or the bereavement list to replace players who experience a death in their family for 3-7 days.

  • BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 09: Raindrops are seen on the Boston Red Sox logo after game three of the American League Divison Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians was postponed due to weather at Fenway Park on October 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    The Boston Red Sox have to continually keep their roster up-to-date due to injuries both major and minor. Get the latest Boston Red Sox injury news in our tracker below, including reports, transactions and more.

  • Chris Sale MRI Comes Back Clean

    BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Fenway Park on May 13, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

    Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 13, 2023 at Fenway Park. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

    Chris Sale underwent a fresh MRI on Thursday that came back negative, meaning he was cleared to start throwing (via Jen McCaffrey). There’s still no timetable for Sale’s return from a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder

    Sale did, however, tell reporters he could be as many as six weeks out. His rehab will continue here in Bostonl rather than in Florida.

  • Tanner Houck Undergoes Facial Fracture Surgery

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 16: Tanner Houck #89 of the Boston Red Sox is helped off of the field after being hit by a ball during the fifth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on June 16, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)

    Tanner Houck of the Boston Red Sox is helped off of the field after being hit by a ball during the fifth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on June 16, 2023. (Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)

    Starter Tanner Houck still has no official timetable for his return, but he’s now in the post-surgery phase. He underwent a procedure to repair a fracture in the area connecting his right eye and cheekbone.

    If you’re interested in the medical jargon, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, it was an “open reduction and internal fixation” to repair a fracture to his orbito-zygomaticomaxillary complex.” Houck and the Red Sox will meet soon to map out his actual return plan, which certainly seems like it will last for extended time.

  • Trevor Story Eyeing July Return…At DH

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Trevor Story #10 of the Boston Red Sox drives in a run with a single in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 10, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Trevor Story of the Boston Red Sox drives in a run against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Sept. 10, 2022. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Trevor Story is still expected to miss more time in July before returning from off-season elbow surgery. But, according to MLB.com, Story’s “goal is to play shortstop for the Red Sox at some point in August and perhaps return as a designated hitter in July.”

    So, it’s possible the Sox could get Story back on the field before August. At the plate, anyway.

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