The Boston Red Sox officially have their beloved utility infielder back on the roster. After a prolonged leave of absence, the Red Sox activated Brock Holt to the 25-man roster. In a corresponding move, the Red Sox sent top pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez down to the AA Portland Sea Dogs.
Boston Red Sox Activate Brock Holt, Demote Darwinzon Hernandez
Holt’s season started on the weirdest of notes. Prior to the season opener against the Seattle Mariners, Holt’s two-year-old son scratched his cornea. The 30-year old attempted to play through the injury, appearing in six games and making 19 plate appearances. However, he clearly wasn’t right, as the lefty posted an abysmal .063/.211/.063 slash line with a corresponding -15 wRC+. Holt said he couldn’t pick up spin on the ball and the Red Sox put him on the injured list.
Holt was one of several second basemen to suffer early-season injuries. In addition to Holt, Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez, and Tzu-Wei Lin all suffered injuries of various severity within the first two months of the season. The silver lining to all of this is that it allowed Michael Chavis to join the major league team and provide new life to the offense. Since joining the major league club, Chavis has a .277/.368/.546 slash line with a 139 wRC+.
In a corresponding move, the Red Sox sent pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez down to the minors. Hernandez initially made his major league debut in an April doubleheader but spent the majority of the season with the Portland Sea Dogs. The lefty was promoted to the majors on Sunday but didn’t make an appearance in his second call-up. In 31 innings with the Portland Sea Dogs, Hernandez has a 4.65 ERA and a 3.80 FIP in six starts. The lefty is striking out 12.77 batters per nine innings and is walking 7.26 batters per nine innings.