The Red Sox have had some good fortune in the injury department early in the season, but of late they have had a lot of minor injuries in the lineup. The good news is that most of them have not been anything serious. The bad news is one of them is now resulting in a stint on the injured list. Kiké Hernández is hitting the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring he suffered on Thursday. Michael Chavis will come up to replace him.
The #RedSox today placed INF/OF Kiké Hernández on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain.— Red Sox (@RedSox) May 7, 2021
To fill Hernández’s spot on the active roster, the club recalled INF/OF Michael Chavis from Triple-A Worcester.
Hernández was removed from Thursday’s game in the first inning after a leadoff double. It was entirely clear when it happened, though he appeared to be hurt a bit after sliding into second base. It’s not clear right now serious it is, though it didn’t look to be too bad when it happened. Hernández has been about an average hitter this year, hitting .239/.298/.425 for a perfectly even 100 wRC+.
In his absence, Michael Chavis joins the roster. He was up for one game earlier in the year, scoring a run as a pinch runner. Last season was a tough one for the young corner infielder, as he finished with a 65 wRC+ in 24 games. He was coming off a hot spring, though, and will look to carry some of that into the regular season. Given the Red Sox continuing with a three-man bench, Chavis should have a chance to get some playing time for however long he stays up with the team. He’s 1-7 with a double and a walk to start his season in Triple-A.