Before wrapping up a three-game series against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Thursday night, the Red Sox placed infielder Christian Arroyo on the 10-day injured list due to a right knee contusion.
In a corresponding move, infielder/outfielder Michael Chavis was recalled from Triple-A Worcester, the team announced earlier Thursday afternoon.
Chavis will bat leadoff for the Sox in Thursday’s series finale at Tropicana Field.
Arroyo’s stint on the injured list was backdated to June 21, so the earliest he could be activated is next Thursday, July 1.
The 26-year-old suffered a right shin bone bruise in the fifth inning of this past Sunday’s loss to the Royals in Kansas City after colliding with center fielder Enrique Hernandez.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora had been optimistic that Arroyo would be able to return to the lineup at some point this week, even saying on Wednesday that the team “still believe[s] it’s not an IL situation.”
Alas, that will not be the case, as Boston will be without Arroyo for at least the next seven days, if not longer.
In his first full season with the Sox, the right-handed hitting infielder is slashing a solid .264/.324/.432 with nine doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI, 17 runs scored, five walks, 38 strikeouts, and one stolen base over 41 games (138 plate appearances) while seeing the majority of his playing time come at second base.
Back in May, Arroyo sustained a left hand contusion after getting hit by a pitch that resulted in him missing a little more than three weeks of action while spending 16 days on the injured list.
That stint on the IL required a rehab assignment with the WooSox, so it should be interesting to see if this latest one will as well.
Chavis, meanwhile, is up with the Red Sox for the fourth time this season already.
The 25-year-old’s most-recent spell began on June 14, when right-hander Ryan Weber was designated for assignment, and ended on June 16, when righty reliever Yacksel Rios was added to the major-league roster.
In those three days with the Sox, Chavis did not see any playing time.
With Boston this season, the right-handed hitter has gone 9-for-33 (.273) at the plate with four doubles, one homer, two RBI, seven runs scored, zero walks, and 13 strikeouts over the course of 11 games.
With Worcester, he is hitting .263/.327/.474 to go along with two doubles, six home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored, eight walks, 30 strikeouts, and one stolen base in 24 games, though he has been swinging a hotter bat (.979 OPS) in the month of June.
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