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Alex Cora reveals plans for using top prospect, Michael Chavis

Alex Cora reveals plans for using top prospect, Michael Chavis

So far this season, the Red Sox have sputtered to a 6-13 start and have already made some major changes to their roster. They designated Blake Swihart for assignment and have made a few other roster moves amid injuries to Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez, and Brock Holt, the team's three second basemen. And the latest move is an intriguing one.

Michael Chavis was brought up to the major leagues to help the struggling Red Sox offense. Chavis, one of the team's top hitting prospects, is on the major league roster for the first time, and they will try to use his bat to spark their struggling unit.

That said, Tzu-Wei Lin still figures to be the primary starter at second base moving forward, per Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald.

Chavis isn't ready to play at second base despite the hole the Sox currently has there. He has only played five games at the position in the minors, so putting him there at the major-league level would be a major risk.

Cora said the right-handed hitting Chavis will get a chance to play both corner infield positions and may even get some at-bats at DH. Until the team solves its offensive woes, the Sox will have to continue to experiment with different combinations until they find something that works.

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Red Sox trade rumors: Dombrowski:says to look for Swihart deal within 24 hours

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Red Sox trade rumors: Dombrowski:says to look for Swihart deal within 24 hours

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters that he expects to finalize a trade of catcher Blake Swihart in the next 24 hours.

Swihart, 27, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday. That move gives the team seven days to trade, release or have him accept a minor league assignment. Dombrowski, speaking Friday to reporters in St. Petersburg, where the Sox open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, that there could be an announcement on a Swihart deal as soon as tonight. 

After announcing the DFA move on Tuesday, Dombrowski said he had been trying to trade Swihart since last spring training. The Houston Astros were rumored this week to be a possible destination for the native of Bedford, Texas, who was a first-round pick of the Sox in 2011. The organization parted ways with him in favor of calling up veteran catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Pawtucket, who was viewed as a superior game-caller and defensive catcher.

Theo Epstein, now team president of the Chicago Cubs, and Mike Hazen, now general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, were in the Red Sox front office when Swihart was drafted and have plenty of familiarity with him. 

Swihart was hitting .231 (4-for-26) in 12 games this season with a .695 OPS, a homer and four RBI after hitting .229 with a .613 OPS, three homers and 18 RBI in 82 games last season. 

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Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis shows excitement for call-up to majors in awesome tweet

Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis shows excitement for call-up to majors in awesome tweet

Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis finally got the call.

The 23-year-old, who has been in the Sox farm system since 2014, was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to join the big-league club on Friday.

Chavis shared his excitement about the promotion on Twitter:

Welcome to The Show, kid.

Chavis will be with the Red Sox in Tampa Bay as they begin a series with the Rays, though he may have to wait just a little longer to make his MLB debut. Tzu-Wei Lin will get the starting nod at second base for Friday night's matchup.

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