Nunez leaves game after aggravating knee injury

Bob DeChiara / USA TODAY Sports

Eduardo Nunez's return to the Boston Red Sox lineup was short lived.

Serving as the designated hitter in Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Nunez appeared to aggravate a previous right knee injury during a swing in the third inning.

Nunez's knee gave out after hitting a foul ball. He fell to the ground in pain, but managed to talk his way into remaining in the game to finish in the at-bat. After lining out to third base, Nunez hobbled off and was spotted walking back to the clubhouse. Sam Travis came on to pinch-hit for Nunez in the fifth inning.

Nunez suffered a sprained right knee on a slide on Sept. 9 that had sidelined him for two weeks.

The 30-year-old entered Monday's game hitting .319/.351/.534 with eight home runs and 11 doubles in 37 games with Boston.