The Red Sox have one of the deepest farm systems in the majors. However, after what happened to Sam Travis, that depth got a little thinner.
Travis, who impressed during Spring Training and so far this season hitting .272 with 29 RBIs for the Pawtucket Red Sox, torn his ACL over the weekend while applying a tag on a rundown play.
This injury comes at an unfortunate time for the Sox as Travis would most likely have been a valuable trading chip or someone the Sox could plug in at first next year while shifting Hanley Ramirez to DH in the wake of David Ortiz’s retirement.
However, it now appears that Travis will have to rehabilitate his knee and embark on a lengthy rehab assignment which will likely keep him in Triple A for at least the beginning of next season. While Travis is expected to return for 2017, this slows his growth and development down and puts the Sox in a tougher situation than they initially hoped to be.
While the Red Sox still have options at first and third if Pablo Sandoval can return to form, Travis’ loss will test how deep the Red Sox truly are.