BOSTON -- Ryan Lavarnway got his first major league start at first base Thursday night, but it didn't last long.
Lavarnway grounded out to short in the second inning of the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Braves, but felt something in his left wrist during the at-bat. He was on deck in the bottom of the fourth and felt some soreness while taking some practice swings.
When his turn came around in the fifth, Daniel Nava was sent up to pinch hit and Lavarnway came out of the game. He'll have an MRI today.
"He felt it on one of swings in that first at-bat,'' said manager John Farrell, '' and we'll have more [Friday].''
"It was on one of the balls I fouled straight back in my first at-bat,'' said Lavarnway. "I felt a pain in my hand/wrist area. I thought I would be able to play through it. Tried to stay in the game, obviously, tried to play through it.
"When I got in the on-deck circle for my next at-bat, when Grady [Sizemore] ended up making the last out, I was having a real difficult time swinging. So I wanted to let a healthy guy have that at-bat instead of trying to force my way in and giving them an easy out.
"We're not sure what's going on yet. We're going to look into it some more tomorrow, try to get to the bottom of it.''
The Sox are already playing shorthanded with two regulars, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli, on the DL, Two others -- David Ortiz (calf) and Mike Carp (foot) -- are limited.
"There's never a good time for an injury,'' said Lavarnway. "I'm disappointed right now, but hopefully it's nothing major and I can get back out there pretty quick.''