It was a brief return for the Red Sox first baseman.
Yesterday, there was joy around Red Sox nation upon the news of Mitch Moreland‘s return to the active roster; however it was a short visit. After just two at-bats against the Tampa Bay Rays, Moreland was removed to the game with a quad injury. Immediately following the game, Alex Cora announced that he “wasn’t feeling too good,” which ultimately lead to the veteran landing on the injured list.
Mitch Moreland back to IL. Marco Hernandez returns from Pawtucket. First time in majors in 2 years after three shoulder surgeries.— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) June 8, 2019
Obviously, this is highly disappointing news for the Boston Red Sox. Mitch Moreland was thought to be a breath of fresh air with the struggling rookie, Michael Chavis. It’s certainly possible that Cora will look to give him a break by allowing Sam Travis playing time, but it will likely be “trial by fire” until he hits his stride.
On a positive note, Marco Hernandez will be returning to the majors for the first time in two seasons. Before his injury, he was platooning within the infield and proving to be a valuable asset to the Red Sox. A shoulder injury derailed the promise that he was exemplifying, followed by a lengthy rehab process.
Hernandez was hitting .303 in Pawtucket before being recalled on Saturday morning.