Eduardo Nunez

Red Sox put Tzu-Wei Lin on injured list, activate Eduardo Nunez

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Red Sox put Tzu-Wei Lin on injured list, activate Eduardo Nunez

After injuring his knee sliding into second base Friday night in the Red Sox' 6-1 victory over the White Sox in Chicago, utility man Tzu-Wei Lin was placed on the 10-day injured list and infielder Eduardo Rodriguez, who had been rehabbing a back injury at Triple-A Pawtucket, has been activated.

Lin slid awkwardly into second in the second inning and left the game. After the game, manager Alex Cora said it was a sprained left knee.

Lin started six games for the Red Sox, including his first in center field on Friday. He went 4-for-20 but was valued for his defense. Nunez was 2-for-15 with a home run for the PawSox after a 7-for-44 (.159) start with the Red Sox in 17 games. 


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Red Sox: Pedroia set to start rehab stint on Thursday, Nunez DHs for Pawtucket

Red Sox: Pedroia set to start rehab stint on Thursday, Nunez DHs for Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox' injury list has been loaded at the second base position this year. The team's three second basemen/infield bench options who were supposed to carry the team at the position are all on the IL. And the biggest name of the bunch is Dustin Pedroia.

Pedroia, who started the season on the IL before playing six games and posting a .100 average, is getting ready to have another rehab stint after he tweaked his troublesome knee against the New York Yankees. He will be playing with the team's Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, starting on Thursday. But Alex Cora was non-committal on how long it would take him to return.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Cora said per Chris Cotillo of MassLive. “He hasn’t played in a while. He needs at-bats. He needs to play.”

But Pedroia isn't hoping to take long and was getting in work on the field ahead of Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

That, at the very least, is an encouraging sign.

There are also some updates to report on the other infielders the Red Sox have on the IL.

Eduardo Nunez, who is dealing with a back injury, returned to action on Monday night. In a rehab stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Nunez went 0-4 as the team's designated hitter. He will also get work in the field and Cora is looking to get him about 20 plate appearances before rejoining the team, per Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe.

Meanwhile, Brock Holt, who has been on the IL since the first week of the season, suffered a shoulder injury in his latest rehab assignment. The utility man will remain on the IL and will attempt to make a comeback once the shoulder issue heals.

Until these infielders return, Michael Chavis and Tzu-Wei Lin will continue to hold down the fort at second base. Chavis has been a major upgrade for the team's offense, as he has hit three homers in eight games since being called up, so the top prospect may remain even after these players return.

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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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