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Red Sox outfielder Brennan Boesch fractured his wrist, out indefinitely

The Sox lost some minor-league outfield depth

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The Red Sox have a weakness, and it's outfield depth. You can tell it's an issue because Brennan Boesch, who hasn't hit well in the majors for a few years now, got a non-roster invite to camp with the expectation he'd play for Triple-A Pawtucket, and has appeared in 14 games already this spring.

He might still end up with Pawtucket at some point, but it's unclear when, as the Red Sox announced that Boesch fractured his wrist making a dive in the outfield during one of Friday's split-squad games.

Again, Boesch was at a Break Glass In Case Of Emergency level of outfield depth, but his injury just drives home how much the Sox need to figure out a way to keep David Murphy around past his late-March opt-out. After Murphy, it's Bryce Brentz, and he's coming off his own tough year: he might even have been behind Boesch on the depth chart at this point. Sox Prospects certainly seems to think so, as Brentz was projected to be on the bench at Pawtucket to begin the year, assuming Murphy and Boesch were both in that lineup.

This might mean more playing time in the spring for someone like prospect Andrew Benintendi, who collected his first hit in a major-league spring training game on Friday afternoon. It could also give John Farrell the opportunity to try Travis Shaw out in the outfield more often, as he's been planning to do. It's all part of trying to fill in that depth issue, while also creating further opportunities for Shaw to prove his bat belongs in the bigs.