On Friday, the Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the ten-day disabled list and he made an immediate impact in the lineup both with the bat and with the glove. The Red Sox are hoping for a similar set of circumstances to take place on Saturday. Prior to the afternoon game in New York, the team will activate Jackie Bradley off the ten-day disabled list. They are also planning to call up Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket.
Bradley has only been out for a short amount of time, as Saturday was the first day he was eligible to return from the disabled list. This is obviously a big deal for the Red Sox, who have been giving split time to Chris Young and Brock Holt in left field. That duo is fine for short-term emergencies, but things are back to normal now with Bradley in center and Andrew Benintendi shifting back to left. Both spots get a big boost defensively with his return. That’s not even mentioning his offense, which was starting to get hot before he went on the disabled list. The hope is that his injury didn’t cause him to lose some momentum and that he can bring a little boost to the back of Boston’s lineup.
As for Lin, it was honestly a little surprising to me that he was recalled before Marrero. On the one hand, I don’t think there is a huge difference between them as players. However, it seemed to me that the team preferred Marrero. Either way, both will be up soon enough and Lin just happens to be first. With Xander Bogaerts getting a little time to clear his head and get back on track and Dustin Pedroia being eased back into a full-time role, expect Lin to get some starts at shortstop in the near-future with Eduardo Nuñez at second base. It’s not an ideal middle infield combo, but with Bradley back in the lineup they can afford the offensive loss. The call ups should only keep continuing throughout the next few days, and with the minor-league season ending Monday they could be coming fast and furious from that point forward.