Before opening up a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim on Monday night, the Red Sox activated infielder Christian Arroyo from the 10-day injured list.
In a corresponding move, infielder/outfielder Michael Chavis was optioned to Triple-A Worcester, per MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo.
Arroyo returns to the Sox after missing a little more than two weeks with a right shin bone bruise that he sustained on a collision with center fielder Enrique Hernandez in Kansas City back on June 20.
He will start at second base and bat seventh in Boston’s series-opening game against the Angels Monday night.
The 26-year-old was placed on the 10-day injured list with what the team described as a right knee contusion on June 24, and he was later sent out on a rehab assignment with the WooSox last Thursday.
While inclement weather in the vicinity of Polar Park limited him to just two games in his most recent rehab stint, Arroyo did go 1-for-5 (.200) at the plate with a single and one run scored while DH’ing on Friday and playing seven innings of second base in Sunday’s contest against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Prior to hitting the shelf last month, Arroyo was proving to be quite the clutch hitter in addition to providing Boston with consistently solid defense at second base.
On the 2021 campaign — his first full season with the Red Sox — as a whole, the right-handed hitter is slashing .264/.324/.432 (105 wRC+) with four home runs, nine doubles, 19 RBI, one stolen base, five walks, and 38 strikeouts over 41 games (138 plate appearances) thus far.
Among American League second basemen who have played at least 250 innings at the position this year, Arroyo, who has played 296 innings at second, ranks second in Defensive Runs Saved (3), first in Ultimate Zone Rating (2.0), and first in Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (8.4), according to FanGraphs.
Chavis, meanwhile, was optioned back down to the WooSox after spending approximately 11 days with the big-league club.
The 25-year-old was initially recalled from Worcester at the same time Arroyo was placed on the IL on June 24. In nine games (seven starts) between then and July 4, he hit just .120/.179/.120 with three singles, four runs scored, two RBI, one stolen base, one walk, and nine strikeouts.
Taking that stretch into consideration, Chavis is now slashing .207/.230/.328 to go along with one homer, four RBI, one walk, and 22 strikeouts across four stints with the Red Sox so far this season.
“I think he’s batting right now,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Chavis on Saturday. “He has done some good things for us, especially defensively. But offensively, kind of like still expanding the (strike) zone, obviously. I think he’s done a better job not expanding up, but I think now it’s east-west. So, keep working with him, keep him upbeat, and we’ll see what happens.”
While Chavis will not be able to work on those things at the major-league level, he will be able to do so in Worcester, where his currently hitting .263/.327/.474 with six homers and 17 RBI over 24 total games.
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