One of the stories of the start of this season for the Red Sox as they have surprised most everyone with how well they’ve played is the fact that they’ve been relatively healthy. Injuries were certainly a concern heading into the year, but for the most part they’ve been able to avoid anything too serious. Of late, however, we’re starting to see some guys get banged up, and Kiké Hernández was placed on the injured list just a couple days ago. Now, he’ll be joined by Christian Arroyo. The team placed Arroyo on the 10-day injured list with a left hand contusion. Jonathan Araúz was called up to take his spot on the roster.
The #RedSox today placed INF Christian Arroyo on the 10-day injured list due to a left hand contusion, retroactive to May 7. To fill Arroyo’s spot on the active roster, the club recalled INF Jonathan Araúz from Triple-A Worcester.— Red Sox (@RedSox) May 9, 2021
The injury is backdated to Friday as Arroyo did not appear in Saturday’s game. It’s not entirely clear how serious the injury is, though he’s played a bit since he was first hit by a pitch so one would think this shouldn’t be too long-term of an injury. The Red Sox will hope so as Arroyo has been something of a bright spot for this offense so far this year, hitting .275/.333/.377 for a perfectly average 100 wRC+.
The Red Sox in his stead will turn to Araúz, who of course spent all of last season in the majors after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft. He was certainly not ready for the majors at that point having only played 28 games as high as Double-A before 2020, but even with that said he showed some flashes as he hit .250/.325/.319 in 80 plate appearances. I wouldn’t expect him to get a ton of starts for however long he’s up — he’ll presumably be sent down whenever either Hernández or Arroyo is ready to return — but rather serve as a late-game sub for either defense or running.