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Top prospect Michael Chavis out with strained oblique

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Top prospect Michael Chavis out with strained oblique

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As far as prospects go, Michael Chavis is probably the biggest name in Red Sox camp — at least the biggest and newest. Blake Swihart’s been around, so too has, say, Sam Travis.

Chavis, a 22-year-old third baseman and a first-round pick in 2014, is going to be out probably for more than just a few days. Manager Alex Cora said it could be "a while."

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Chavis was in the batting cage on Wednesday when he pulled his left oblique on a swing. Oblique and intercostal injuries often take a long time to recover from.

“I wish I had some information. But it’s kind of seeing what happens day to day,” Chavis said. “Seeing if things get better. Seeing how it feels when we come in every single day. But doing a bunch of treatment, doing as much as I can to get out there as soon as possible. But I don’t really have an exact timeframe yet.

“I’ll say today feels better than it has since it happened. So I’m feeling pretty positive about how it’s going. Every day’s been a little bit better and today was significantly better, working out, running on the elliptical and stuff like that. So I’m pretty positive about how things are going. … As soon as I can, guarantee you I’m going to be out there.”

Chavis said he’s never had this type of injury before. 

“They said that obliques are a little sensitive, [with] baseball being so rotational with throwing and hitting,” he said. “But one of the big things I’m focusing on is, I don’t want it to come back during the season so it would be better to take care of it now then have it come back midseason and have it be a big issue then.”

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Chavis hit 31 homers across two levels last season, High-A and Portland. He batted .282 with a .347 on-base percentage and .563 slugging percentage. This is his first year with an invitation to major league camp.

“When something happens you’re kind of like, you can’t believe it,” Chavis said. “It’s just unlucky, honestly, but I’m looking forward to getting back for sure.”

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Rosenthal: Red Sox and Orioles 'do not match up' on Machado trade

Rosenthal: Red Sox and Orioles 'do not match up' on Machado trade

As quickly as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX Sports' MLB telecasts heated up the Manny Machado-to-the Red Sox rumors last week, his latest reporting does a lot to dispel them.

In a notes column published Monday (subscription required), Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have contacted the Orioles about the would-be-free-agent infielder, who is thought to be the prize of the July 31 trade deadline, but Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski thinks the teams "likely do not match up on a trade at this time," according to a source.

In other words, the Red Sox really don't have the top minor league prospects the O's would be looking for in a Machado deal. The Sox farm system is ranked 24th in MLB by Baseball America and top hitter Michael Chavis was just suspended for 80-games for PED usage and top pitcher Jay Groome just had Tommy John surgery.

As for including 21-year-old Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers in a Machado deal, as NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich wrote last week, "sources with knowledge of the Red Sox thinking were dismissive of the idea the Sox would move Devers."


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The Baseball Show Podcast: Should Red Sox consider trading Devers for Machado?

The Baseball Show Podcast: Should Red Sox consider trading Devers for Machado?

0:23 - Should the Red Sox consider trading Rafael Devers for free-agent-to-be Manny Machado? Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich debate if it would be worth it for Boston to give up their young third baseman for a half-season of Machado.

4:57 - With the win over the Mariners on Sunday, the Red Sox are 49-24  and in a virtual tie with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. Eduardo Rodriguez had another great outing on Sunday and is now 9-1. Merloni and Drellich discuss Rodriguez continued success on the mound.

8:12 - In his past seven starts, David Price has a 2.64 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP. Merloni and Drellich talk about how Price has been dominant since coming back from carpal tunnel and if he can continue this type of pitching. 

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