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Alex Cora explains rationale behind Red Sox decision to DFA Eduardo Nunez

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Alex Cora explains rationale behind Red Sox decision to DFA Eduardo Nunez

Eduardo Nunez played an important role for the Boston Red Sox during their run to a World Series title last season, but he wasn't able to consistently produce at the plate against left-handed pitching this year. 

This lack of offense was among the reasons behind Boston's decision to designate Nunez for assignment Monday.

"It wasn't working out against lefties," Red Sox manager Cora told reporters before Monday night's game versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. "Where we're at, roster-wise, Michael (Chavis) is going to play against lefties and righties most of the time. I feel we need more offense against left-handed pitching. ..."

Nunez is batting just .200 (14-for-70) against lefties in 2019. He also has 12 strikeouts and just four walks versus left-handed pitching. Nunez, overall, is batting .228 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 167 at-bats. Injuries, to be fair, also have played a role in his disappointing performance.

Plain and simple, the Red Sox have several other players capable of giving the team better offensive production than Nunez, and it just didn't make sense to keep giving him plate appearances over players such as Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt, Sam Travis and Michael Chavis.

Mitch Moreland also could return to the lineup in the near future. He's set to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket this week, per Cora.

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Michael Chavis to begin rehab assignment Friday night in Pawtucket

Michael Chavis to begin rehab assignment Friday night in Pawtucket

Michael Chavis is nearing a return to the Boston Red Sox lineup.

The rookie slugger is set to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday night vs. Buffalo. He was placed on the injured list on Aug. 12 with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.

Following what was a scorching-hot start to his inaugural campaign, Chavis has seen his fair share of struggles at the plate. The 24-year-old's issues with the high fastball have contributed to him having one of the highest strikeout rates in the league at 33.3 percent (127 Ks in 382 plate appearances). "The Ice Horse" will look to come back healthy and finish the season strong for a Red Sox team that's fighting just to clinch a playoff berth.

Chavis is hitting .254 with 18 HR and 58 RBI in 95 games this year.

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Definitive ranking of best Red Sox nicknames for MLB Players' Weekend

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Definitive ranking of best Red Sox nicknames for MLB Players' Weekend

In an effort to make the MLB more marketable and "hip," players will put their nicknames on their jerseys from August 23-25. For the Boston Red Sox, fans will be rooting for "Colo" and "X-Man" instead of Christian Vazquéz and Xander Bogaerts during the Sox's series in San Diego at the end of the month. 

Thanks to Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports (as well as Section 10 Podcast co-hosts Coley Mick and Steve Perrault), pretty much every Red Sox star has an awesome nickname. For example, Rick Porcello is "Ricky Raindrops," and Rafael Devers is "Raffy Big Scoops." Unfortunately, it appears the players don't appreciate those monikers as much as Red Sox Nation, as most players went with different, more basic variations. Still, there are some solid nicknames from Rafael Devers, Marcus Walden and Heath Hembree in particular. 

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