The Red Sox offense will be losing its home run leader for the next week-plus.
Mitch Moreland has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 26. Moreland, who leads the Sox with 13 home runs and a .550 slugging percentage this season, had missed the last three games after taking a Yuri Gurriel line drive off his knee on Saturday night in Houston, but a low back strain was announced as the reason why he's been placed on the injured list.
Despite only having a .228 batting average this season, Moreland has been an extra-base machine in 2019, homering once every 11.46 at-bats this season, the fourth-best ratio in the American League and ninth-best in the majors. Over 60 percent of his hits this season (22 of 34) have gone for extra bases.
The Sox also made several other roster moves Wednesday, demoting righty Travis Lakins to Pawtucket after a particularly brutal relief outing Tuesday night in which he threw just nine of 25 pitches for strikes, walking three and allowing two runs as the Indians rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to complete a 7-5 victory.
To fill those spots on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox recalled pitchers Colten Brewer and Josh Taylor from Triple-A. Brewer has a 5.32 ERA in 20 games with Boston this season, while Taylor will be making his first appearance on a major league roster. He is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the PawSox this season.
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