The Red Sox placed infielder Christian Arroyo on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain, the club announced prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. In a corresponding move, fellow infielder Bobby Dalbec was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.
Arroyo had been playing through a lingering hamstring issue that first popped up in mid-April. Though the 27-year-old was able to tolerate the pain, the Red Sox ultimately decided to shut him down for the time being.
“It was pretty sore,” Arroyo told The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham at Citizens Bank Park. “Nothing abnormal, but it got to the point where I can’t keep doing this to the team. I tried everything I could.”
Arroyo opened the season as Boston’s primary second baseman and had gotten off to a slow start offensively. But the right-handed hitter was beginning to heat up and was batting .458/.500/.708 with one home run and eight RBIs in his last 11 games coming into play on Sunday, so the timing certainly is unfortunate.
“It just sucks,” said Arroyo. “But I think we made the best decision as a group. Hopefully a few days will make a difference and I can start up again.”
To that end, Arroyo is optimistic that he will only need to miss the minimum 10 days. That would line him up to return to action when the Red Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Mariners at Fenway Park on May 17.
Dalbec, meanwhile, is back with the Red Sox for the second time this season. The 27-year-old pinch-hit for Enmanuel Valdez in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s 6-1 loss to the Phillies. He struck out on four pitches against lefty reliever Matt Strahm and played an inning of second base in Valdez’s place.
With Arroyo sidelined, the Red Sox do not have too many options on the active roster who can back up Enrique Hernandez at shortstop. Dalbec has started five games at short for Worcester and one game at short for Boston so far this season, so he could be an option there.
“We’ll see how we use Bobby,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, per MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith. “I do believe he can make the routine play at second and short. Obviously the corners.”
As noted by Smith, the Red Sox could have called up middle infield prospect David Hamilton, who is already on the 40-man roster and has more experience at short than Dalbec. Unlike Dalbec, though, Hamilton hits from the left side of the plate and Boston already has seven left-handed hitters on its big-league roster.
“He’s lefty,” Cora said of Hamilton. “So where we’re at right now, this is our unit right now.”
(Picture of Christian Arroyo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)