Bobby Dalbec will meet the Red Sox in St. Petersburg on Monday ahead of a four-game series against the undefeated Rays at Tropicana Field, according to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith.
Though no roster move has been announced yet, Dalbec could be activated if outfielder Adam Duvall is placed on the injured list. Duvall was forced to exit Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Tigers in the ninth inning after injuring his left wrist while trying to make a sliding catch in center field. The 34-year-old had X-rays taken after the game but the Red Sox could not provide any further updates and are unlikely to do so until Monday.
“He’s getting X-rays right now, so we don’t know,” Cora told reporters at Comerica Park earlier Sunday afternoon. “We’ll know more during the day and obviously tomorrow.”
Duvall, who signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Red Sox in January, injured that same left wrist while with the Braves last July and ultimately underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath. It appears as if a stint on the injured list is likely.
Dalbec, meanwhile, began the season with Triple-A Worcester after failing to make Boston’s Opening Day roster out of spring training. The 27-year-old has gone 6-for-23 (.261) with one double, one triple, one home run, five RBIs, six runs scored, four walks, and 10 strikeouts in his first seven games with the WooSox while seeing playing time at first base, third base, and shortstop.
As noted by Smith, the Red Sox will be facing a plethora of left-handed starters in their next two series against the Rays and Angels. That is why calling up Dalbec, a right-handed hitter, would make more sense than calling up the left-handed hitting Jarren Duran even if Duran would fill a need in the outfield.
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