The Red Sox have suffered another injury, this one to their newest player. Just a few days after making his Red Sox debut, Ian Kinsler tweaked his hamstring on Friday night against the Yankees. It’s not entirely clear when it happened — either stealing second base or running from second to home to score on a base hit — but it happened. Due to the hamstring issue, the veteran second baseman is being placed on the 10-day disabled list. Triple-A infielder Tony Renda will take his spot on the active roster, and Dustin Pedroia has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Renda on the 40-man roster.
#RedSox have placed Ian Kinsler on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain; selected INF Tony Renda to the active major league roster from Pawtucket and transferred Dustin Pedroia to the 60-day DL. Renda will wear number 38.— Guerin Austin (@guerinaustin) August 4, 2018
The good news is that there is no indication that this is a major issue, though it is the third recent hamstring issue the Red Sox have dealt with. Kinsler fit in with the roster seamlessly, so this is obviously a loss. The much improved defense was shortlived, but again it should be back soon. In the meantime, the alignment shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out as long as Xander Bogaerts is ready to return. If he is, he would be back at shortstop with Eduardo Núñez at third and Brock Holt at second. If he’s not, well, he should be on the disabled list too. Also, Renda would likely play second base with Holt at shortstop and Núñez still at third. It’s also worth noting that Rafael Devers is expected to return from his own hamstring issue on Wednesday.
As for Renda, well, no one could have expected him to play in the majors for the Red Sox this year. That’s not to say he’s not deserving — he’s hitting .353/.399/.529 between Double-A and Triple-A this year — but it speaks volumes about how hard the Red Sox have been hit in terms of infield depth recently. Tzu-Wei Lin would normally be the call-up in this situation, but he’s dealing with a rib injury. Renda does have some major-league experience, for what it’s worth, playing 32 games for the Reds in 2016. He hit .183/.246/.217 in 67 plate appearances that year.