It remains to be seen whether or not more positives will come from this COVID outbreak in the Red Sox clubhouse, but we are starting to see some of the early positives come back to the roster. Josh Taylor returned for Monday’s series opener against the Rays, and now Boston gets two more position players back with Kiké Hernández and Danny Santana being activated prior to Tuesday’s game. Franchy Cordero and Taylor Motter were taken off the roster to make room.
Santana and Kiké Hernández are active. Motter designated for assignment and Franchy Cordero optioned.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) September 7, 2021
How much of an impact the return of Santana will have remains to be seen, as the veteran has an OPS+ of just 49 in the majors this season. But the Red Sox will take all the depth they can get, and Santana qualifies.
But the bigger news here is that Hernández is coming back. He should be able help on two fronts, giving the Red Sox his bat atop the lineup again as well as his glove in center field. That’s where he’ll be playing on Tuesday, and according to his manager he’ll be seeing a lot of time there moving forward as well. Christian Arroyo is hopefully not too far behind, and should get a lot of run at second base.
As for Cordero and Motter, it was clear their time in the majors was only temporary. The former had been hitting very well at Triple-A before his brief call-up, so he’ll look to regain that stroke as he continues to set himself up for 2022. As for Motter, Speier says he’s being designated for assignment, though I thought I recalled there being a rule in place this year that allows teams to take players called up due to COVID outbreaks off the 40-man without exposing them to waivers or having to outright them. Either way, Motter had a couple of big hits on Monday as well as some rough defensive moments, but his time with the Red Sox was likely never going to be all that long anyway.