Boston Red Sox

May 6, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Franchy Cordero (16) gets a base hit against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning at Fenway Park.

With an off day on Wednesday, the Red Sox made a pair of roster moves before beginning their weekend series with the Miami Marlins. Wednesday evening, the team optioned outfielder Franchy Cordero to Triple-AAA Worcester, then recalled relief pitcher Colten Brewer before Thursday’s game.

Cordero has been the team’s primary left fielder since Opening Day, after the team picked him up along with four other players in the Andrew Benintendi trade. However, with less than 100 major league games under his belt before this season, Cordero still looked like a work in progress. Before getting sent down the 26-year-old was hitting just .179 and slugging .274.

The timing of the move may be linked to the team calling up Danny Santana, who missed the beginning of the year with a foot infection. Santana has already homered twice since being recalled last week, and can fill Cordero’s spot defensively.

In terms of the active roster Cordero’s spot is filled by the left-hander Brewer, who begins his first major league stint of the 2021 season. Last year, the 28-year-old appeared in 11 games with the Red Sox, recording a 5.61 ERA in 25.2 innings.

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