In a slew of roster moves made on Friday, the Red Sox have recalled top prospect Michael Chavis as well as utility man Tzu-Wei Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the 25-man roster. infielder Eduardo Nunez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a “mid-back strain” and veteran right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was designated for assignment. The club made the transactions official earlier Friday.
After placing Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day injured list and recalling reliever Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, the call to promote Lin and designate Ramirez was essentially a given since the Red Sox did not want to carry 14 pitchers on their active roster.
What surprised me, at least, was the call to promote Chavis, the club’s top prospect according to MLB.com.
Of course, his calling up is due to the fact that Eduardo Nunez was also placed on the injured list, which means that, at the time this is being written, Nunez, Pedroia, and Brock Holt are all currently on the shelf. I can’t imagine that is what this team envisioned heading into the 2019 season.
Chavis, 23, was selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft out of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Ga.
In early 2018, he was handed down an 80-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Spending time over at second base this season, Chavis has slashed .250/.354/.600 with four home runs and six RBI over 12 games with the PawSox.
With the current lack of infielders on the Red Sox’ roster, the former Clemson committ should get the opportunity to perhaps provide his team with the spark they so desperately need ahead of his big league debut.
Lin, meanwhile, spent just 10 days with Pawtucket after being optioned down by Boston to make room for Pedroia on April 9th.
In seven minor league contests this season, Lin has posted a .748 OPS to go along with no home runs and three RBI over a span of 28 at-bats. He has also collected a total of five hits in his last two games for the PawSox.
The 25-year-old will likely spend most of his time at second in the absences of Holt, Nunez, and Pedroia.