First baseman Mitch Moreland has landed himself on the 10-Day IL with a lower back strain, retroactive to Sunday, May 26th.
The team also optioned RHP Travis Lakins back down to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night’s disaster of a ninth inning where the team allowed the Cleveland Indians to come back and win after entering the inning down three. In that final inning, following another rough Ryan Brasier outing, Lakins surrendered two of those runs on one hit and three walks.
In response to these two moves, the Red Sox have recalled RHP Colten Brewer and LHP Josh Taylor who will both be slated into the bullpen.
While Moreland’s batting average has not been anything great, currently sitting at .228, his power is what has been his most beneficial asset to the team as he’s driven 13 home runs with 34 RBIs on the season.
The Red Sox head to New York to take on the first place Yankees beginning Thursday night where they will attempt to cut down the Yanks 6.5 game lead they currently own over Boston. So needless to say, this is a massive series that could potentially break the 2019 Red Sox season.
There are many options for the Red Sox at first base if they elect not to go with 2018 World Series MVP, Steve Pearce, who isn’t having a great offensive season by any stretch of the imagination. Through the first two months, Pearce has put together a rough batting average that sits below .200 at .182. And if it’s one thing that this team will need in New York, it’s offense as the Yankees have remained hot through the first two months of the 2019 season.
Along with Pearce, other options that the Red Sox could throw at first base range from rookie Michael Chavis, who came through the system as a corner infielder, utility man Brock Holt, who just returned from injury, or even Eduardo Nunez.
The Red Sox finish off the series with the Cleveland Indians tonight at 6:10 PM as they send Ryan Webster to the mound who looks to get the ballclub another series win under their belt.