Red Sox infielder Christian Arroyo will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday night, manager Alex Cora announced.
Arroyo has been held out of action since July 18, one day before he was placed on the 10-day injured list on account of a left hamstring strain.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury while making his professional debut at first base in the third inning of that Sunday’s game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
On a ground ball off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton that was hit to second baseman Enrique Hernandez, Arroyo attempted to stretch out while receiving Hernandez’s throw in order to complete a double play, but wound up doing a split that resulted in him coming out of the game.
Later diagnosed with a left hamstring strain and promptly placed on the injured list for a third time this season, Arroyo was able to start running the bases and working out at Fenway Park over the weekend. He is now at a point where he can go out on a rehab assignment as planned.
With the WooSox opening up a lengthy series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Polar Park this week, Arroyo will serve as designated hitter for Worcester in the first game of his rehab assignment on Monday night.
Though not official, the hope seems to be that if all goes well with Arroyo’s rehab this week, he could potentially re-join the Sox ahead of their weekend series against the Rangers back at Fenway.
Prior to going down with that left hamstring strain, Arroyo had been catching fire at the plate, as he was hitting .310/.355/.621 with two home runs, six RBI, and four runs scored across eight July games (31 plate appearances) before that Sunday night contest in the Bronx.
As previously mentioned, Arroyo had never played first base professionally before July 18, but was thrust into the position as a result of the Red Sox promoting outfielder Jarren Duran from Worcester, which in turn required Hernandez to move to second base on days Duran would be playing.
That being said, it should be interesting to see how the Sox manage Arroyo’s playing time once he does return seeing how their infield mix has only gotten more crowded following the additions of Kyle Schwarber and Travis Shaw.
Of course, major-league rosters will expand from 26 to 28 players beginning in September, so there is that to look ahead to as well.
(Picture of Christian Arroyo: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)