By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox are looking for ways to get Michael Chavis’ bat into the lineup, and they could consider playing the rookie in the outfield in the near future to make that possible.
According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Chavis was spending some time in the outfield before Wednesday’s series finale in Baltimore.
Michael Chavis is spending time in the outfield during batting practice just to start tracking the ball. He’s not working out there yet, but the Sox are interested in maximizing their options with him moving forward, especially given his offensive impact.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) May 8, 2019
The potential tryout comes as Dustin Pedroia continues his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland and as Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to struggle at the plate (.155 batting average, .418 OPS).
Meanwhile, Chavis has given the Red Sox a big spark offensively since his call-up from Triple-A Pawtucket. He’s batting .293 with 6 home runs and a 1,060 OPS, but he hasn’t established a full-time position yet.
Chavis was drafted as a high school shortstop and played third base and first base in the minors. The Red Sox started playing him at second base at the beginning of 2019 and played there just five times before injuries led to his call-up. He has made 13 MLB appearances at second base.
Chavis has never played the outfield in his professional career.