Another day, another injured Red Sox player.
It was announced Monday morning that Michael Chavis will be sent to the dreaded injured list with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. The Red Sox rookie has been one of a couple players that have been shelved over the past couple of weeks, joining David Price and Hector Velazquez.
A shoulder sprain may explain some recent power outages for the young breakout player, as Chavis has posted a .227 / 2 HR / 4 RBI / .261 OPS over his past fifteen contests. Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez will be expected to split duties with the rookie headed for a break.
Latest #RedSox moves: Chavis to IL with a sprained shoulder. Weber optioned to AAA. M. Hernandez and Lakins recalled.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 12, 2019
After taking the league by surprise, Michael Chavis has had to weather the usual storms of a Major League rookie. He’s flashed a knack for eye-popping homeruns, but has a tendency to swing and miss…a lot. Chavis is in the bottom 3% of Major League baseball in K% – striking out 33.2% of the time. There’s no denying his overall ability in this league, but he’ll need to find a bit more consistency if he wants to emerge as more than a high-risk, high-reward type player.
Marco Hernandez has been a quiet surprise for the Red Sox and will look to make his presence felt, while Chavis takes a break to let his shoulder heal. While it doesn’t appear that he has a long term role on the big league club, as of now, he’ll have a huge opportunity to prove that he belongs throughout the last few weeks of the season. Over 63 at-bats, Hernandez has collected a .333 average and may force management to give him more playing time over fan-favorite, Brock Holt.
In regards to Ryan Weber heading to AAA, it continues the shuttle between Pawtucket and Boston that has been present all season. Travis Lakins is the next man up – a motto that we’ll hope to see come to an end in 2020.