The Red Sox have activated their veteran first baseman off of the IL.

It will be a welcomed sight for the Fenway Faithful as the Red Sox will regain the services of Mitch Moreland. He’s been on the injured list since May 29 and will certainly allow Alex Cora to add his presence to the lineup.

He’s hit 13 homeruns this season and the Red Sox will certainly be thankful to add a left handed power threat to balance the lineup. In a retroactive move, Ryan Weber has been sent down to Pawtucket.


My Take:

Obviously, adding Mitch Moreland to the lineup makes the Boston Red Sox a more complete club. He adds more depth and balance to the batting order, and additionally will alleviate pressure that has been mounting on Michael Chavis.

Since exploding onto the scene, Chavis has hit a mere .190 in his last 10 games, with no long balls and 2 RBI’s. Truthfully, it goes to show the up’s and down’s that come with being a rookie, but it will be nice to have Moreland alleviate the every day burden from Chavis.

It’s worth noting that the Red Sox did not option Sam Travis to Pawtucket, which certainly is a curious move with Chavis theoretically being the backup first baseman. With the health status of J.D. Martinez up in the air, they’re likely holding onto Travis until they know more.

Additionally with Ryan Weber sent down, it’s likely that the hole within the rotation will be filled with Mike Shawaryn, until the return of Nathan Eovaldi.