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Red Sox prospect Sam Travis lost for season with torn ACL

BALTIMORE -- Before the season opened, Boston Red Sox prospect Sam Travis hoped to follow in the footsteps of his college teammate, young Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber.

But this wasn't what he had in mind.

Travis will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Red Sox confirmed Monday. The injury, which will require surgery, is similar to the one suffered by Schwarber, who tore two knee ligaments three games into the season.

A 22-year-old first baseman who impressed the Red Sox during spring training, Travis was batting .272 with a .756 OPS for Triple-A Pawtucket and leading the International League with 29 RBIs. He was injured while making a tag on a rundown play Sunday.

If Travis had continued to develop in Triple-A, it was conceivable that the Red Sox could have moved Hanley Ramirez to the designated hitter spot once David Ortiz retires at season's end. It now seems more likely Travis will have to begin next season back in Triple-A after completing a lengthy rehabilitation.

Travis also could have been a potential trade chip for the Red Sox to strengthen their major league roster before the Aug. 1 deadline.