According to a report from CSN New England’s Evan Drellich, Marco Hernandez is going to be joining the Red Sox roster on Thursday. It’s unclear at this time whether or not this is a corresponding move with Matt Barnes — who is leaving the team for three days on bereavement leave after losing his grandmother — or if there was another move that was made.
Either way, it didn’t take very long for Hernandez to get the call. If you recall, it was a bit surprising that he didn’t make the roster for Opening Day, as the infielder was impressive all spring long and seemed to be the logical replacement for the injured Josh Rutledge. Of course, that spot went to the right-handed Steve Selsky, but Hernandez got his chance soon enough.
More than likely, this has a lot to do with the flu that is taking over Boston’s clubhouse. On Wednesday, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt and Robbie Ross were all out with the illness, and the bench was noticeably shorter in what turned out to be a 12-inning game. Even if Hernandez will only be up for the three games that Barnes misses to be with his family, he’ll be in Boston at a time the roster needs him. Presumably, he’ll be taking over Brock Holt’s role while the super utility man is sick. It’s a good thing, too, because before Pablo Sandoval drew his 12th inning walk he was taking some rough swings on Wednesday night.
If there happens to be another corresponding move, whether that be Selsky being sent down or someone hitting the disabled list, we’ll update this with that information if/when it comes out.
Update: Xander Bogaerts has also been placed on bereavement leave, and Hernandez is the corresponding move. Both Bogaerts and Barnes will miss at least three games, and Noe Ramirez has been called up to replace Barnes.