As the Red Sox get set to finish off their three-game set with the Rangers with a rubber match on Monday, in a game that was originally slated to be played Sunday but pushed back due to weather, they will be getting one of their near-regulars back. That would be Christian Arroyo, who hurt his hamstring stretching on a play at first base last month. The team activated the infielder today, and he will be available off the bench. To make room, Jonathan Araúz was optioned back to Triple-A Worcester.
Christian Arroyo will be activated today and Jonathan Arauz optioned.— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) August 23, 2021
As we talked about with Arroyo earlier this morning, he won’t be a star that can single-handedly turn things around, but he does make things easier for this team. The 26-year-old has a 114 wRC+ on the season, boosted mostly by his power and .194 Isolated Power (SLG - AVG). While he’s not starting today, once he should start to get more time at second base, with Kiké Hernández shifting back to the outfield and Kyle Schwarber hopefully getting some time at first base. Alex Cora said Monday morning that Schwarber should indeed start getting time at the cold corner as soon as this week.
As for Araúz, he’s been up and down all season long, and likely will be again in the event of another injury. The infielder has mostly been used situationally for defense or baserunning, posting a wRC+ of just 46 in 32 major-league plate appearances this season. He’s hitting .224/.315/.355 at Triple-A this season.