Exits one of Boston’s hottest hitters, enters one of Boston’s once-hottest hitters.
In the midst of a nine-game stretch that saw him post a .471 batting average with six doubles and six RBIs, Red Sox utility player Brock Holt has landed on the 1o-day disabled list with what the team has called a left hamstring strain.
A surely unexpected result from a player that hardly crack at the Opening Day roster, Holt’s injury has come with Red Sox manager Alex Cora taking the blame, citing the fact that he may have overworked the 29-year-old.
“He’s been running around a lot,” Cora offered on Holt. “Probably it’s on me, his workload went way up there, but he’s swinging the bat well and that’s why he’s here, in case of emergency, we feel he’s capable to play high-level baseball for a while. He played a lot and he was getting on, so sometimes I’ve got to be careful with that.”
With Holt on the shelf, the Red Sox have activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who has not played since suffering an ankle injury in an Apr. 8 win over the Rays. Bogaerts was one of the best hitters in all of baseball at the time of his injury, with a .368 batting average to go with two homers and nine RBIs.
Cora won’t waste any time getting X back into the lineup, too, as he will get the start at short and bat fifth as the Red Sox kick off a six-game homestand with a visit from the Rays tonight at Fenway Park.