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Michael Chavis, top Red Sox hitting prospect, called up to big leagues

Michael Chavis, top Red Sox hitting prospect, called up to big leagues

 

Help is on the way for the struggling Red Sox offense, and it's in the form of their best hitting prospect.

Infielder Michael Chavis, who has had quite the tumultuous career since being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft, was summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, along with infielder Tzu-Wei Lin and will join the team in Tampa for a three-game series with the Rays.

They'll be taking the places of infielder Eduardo Nunez, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore back, and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who was designated for assignment after one bad relief outing.

The big name is Chavis, a 23-year-old right-handed slugger who's hitting .250 with four homers and a .954 OPS at Triple-A Pawtucket. Drafted as a shortstop/third baseman, Chavis has played five games at second base this year, his pro debut at the position, and could be a possibility there with Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt, and now Nunez each on the IL.

In a radio interview on Thursday with WEEI, Red Sox manager Alex Cora suggested that Chavis wasn't ready for second base in the big leagues.

"There are a few plays he needs to get better at," Cora told Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria. "We're comfortable with him making the routine plays. But there are other plays that come into play. He's a work in progress. He's getting close to what we want. You never know. Injuries come into play."

Chavis's debut comes after a whirlwind minor league career that saw him drafted 26th overall in 2014 before hitting just .223 in his full-season debut a year later. He looked like a potential bust in 2016, batting .237 between two levels of Single-A, before exploding in 2017 with 31 homers between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

He thwarted that positive momentum at the start of 2018, however, by testing positive for a banned substance and earning an 80-game suspension. He returned last year to mash nine homers in 46 games with a .919 OPS, earning the No. 2 spot on Baseball America's list of top 10 Red Sox prospects.

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Red Sox vs Astros lineup: No George Springer for Houston, J.D. Martinez out again

Red Sox vs Astros lineup: No George Springer for Houston, J.D. Martinez out again

As the Red Sox get set for the second of a three-game series against the Astros, J.D. Martinez is out of the lineup again as Houston will be without George Springer. 

This will be Martinez's fifth missed game in the last six as he continues his recovery from illness and a back ailment. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Astros. 

Springer injured his hamstring on Friday attempting to run down a Xander Bogaerts foul ball and could be headed to the injured list. While unfortunate for Springer and the Astros, Boston catches a break not having to worry about the talented center fielder on Saturday night. 

The pitching matchup will feature David Price facing off against right-hander Brad Peacock. Because the Sox are against a righty after Friday's showdown with Wade Miley, Andrew Benintendi will return to the leadoff spot and Rafael Devers is back in the lineup after sitting out Friday night's game. 

Here are the full lineups for both teams as first pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

RED SOX (27-24)
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Mookie Betts, RF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Michael Chavis, 2B
Jackie Bradley, CF
Christian Vazquez, DH
Sandy Leon, C

David Price, LHP (2-2, 3.29 ERA)

HOUSTON ASTROS

Aldemys Diaz, 2B
Alex Bregman, 3B
Michael Brantley, LF
Carlos Correa SS
Yuli Gurriel 1B
Josh Reddick LF
Tyler White, DH
Max Stassi, C
Tony Kemp, CF

Brad Peacock, RHP (5-2, 3.59 ERA)

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Another Yastrzemski in the majors as Yaz' grandson gets called up by Giants

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Another Yastrzemski in the majors as Yaz' grandson gets called up by Giants

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of the Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend, has been called up to the San Francisco Giants from Triple-A Sacramento.

Mike Yastrzemski is batting seventh and playing left field for San Francisco as they play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks at 4:05 p.m.

The younger Yastrzemski, who turns 29 in August, was hitting .316 with 12 home runs with Sacramento. The left-handed outfielder was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 after a standout college career at Vanderbilt. He played more than 700 games in the minors and was traded to the Giants before this season. San Francisco plays host to Arizona Sunday before traveling to Miami to play the Marlins on Monday. 

Mike Yastrzemski's father, also Mike, played at Florida State and reached Triple-A with the White Sox from 1986-88. He died at 43 in 2004. 

*UPDATE*

Giants fans aren't as familiar with the Yastrzemski name as Red Sox fans are. Watch a young fan ask the rookie outfielder how to pronounce his last name before his first taste of Major-League action

If he's a fraction of the player his grandfather was, Giants fans will have plenty of opportunities to learn how to say his name.

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