Adding to a slow start to the season, the injury bug continues to bite the Red Sox.
While it shouldn’t come as a surprise for Red Sox fans, Steve Pearce has been placed on the 10 Day IL with a lower back strain. It was clear that the reigning World Series MVP tweaked something against the New York Yankees when Michael Chavis replaced him after Pearce’s first at-bat last night.
Sam Travis will take Pearce’s place on the active roster.
Prior to tonight’s game, the #RedSox placed 1B/OF Steve Pearce on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 1, 2019
To fill Pearce’s spot on the active 25-man roster, the club recalled 1B/OF Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket.
When it rains, it pours in Red Sox Nation. It’s been a brutal start to the season for the World Series champions, as through May they sit a mere one game above .500. Despite the injury bug claiming Nathan Eovaldi, Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, and Hector Velazquez at the current moment, this particular injury may not be the worst thing for the struggling veteran.
There’s no denying that Steve Pearce has had a brutal start to the 2019 campain, batting a mere .180 and blasting just a lone homer in Toronto this season. While he’s collected a .245 average over his last 15 games, the veteran first baseman has been stuck in a season-long slump that truly began when being rushed back to the active roster. Pearce missed the majority of Spring Training and has truthfully been playing catch up since that point.
The versatility of Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and even Brock Holt should allow for the Red Sox to continue to get production from the first base position even in the absence of Moreland and Pearce. In this case, Alex Cora should give Pearce plenty of time in a rehab stint to get his timing down.
It has been a disappointing season thus far, but this particular injury may not be the worst thing for the Red Sox, and the struggling veteran.