2017 AL Division Series

BSJ injury analysis: Outlook for Eduardo Nunez and Eric Rowe

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Analyzing a few of the more noteworthy injuries this week in Boston sports, Eduardo Nunez of the Red Sox, and Eric Rowe of the Patriots....

Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez practiced sliding in a more supportive right knee brace this week before traveling to Houston for the start the AL Division Series against the Astros, as he recovers from what has been reported as a right posterior cruciate ligament sprain. The injury occurred when Nunez slid awkwardly into second base on Sept. 9 and struck his right knee hard on the ground.

Isolated PCL injuries are rare and generally occur when the tibia (shin bone) is forced backward in relation to the knee. To give you an idea of what that means: we tend to see isolated PCL injuries in motor vehicle accidents when the upper shin strikes the dashboard forcefully.

Isolated PCL sprains can result in bone bruising in the knee and mild swelling and pain. Mild PCL sprains are treated with a brace, rest, and physical therapy, and athletes can usually return within one to four weeks. Nunez did, in fact, attempt to return on Sept. 25, but re-aggravated the injury as he pivoted on the knee during an at-bat. He missed the remainder of the regular season and the hope is that he will be ready to provide a badly-needed offensive spark in the playoffs.