Boston Red Sox

May 23, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Red Sox outfielder Franchy Cordero (16) hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox made a pair of roster moves on Thursday, heading into their four game series with the Yankees. The team placed Danny Santana on the 10-day IL with a groin injury, and recalled Franchy Cordero from Triple-AAA Worcester.

Signed as a minor-league free agent this past winter, Santana has split his time between the outfield and first base for the Red Sox so far this season. Since first being called up in mid-May, the 30-year-old has hit .171 in 33 games.

Cordero began the year with the Red Sox after being acquired from the Royals in the Andrew Benintendi trade. He got off to a slow start, hitting .179 in 34 games before being sent down to the minors, a week after Santana was called up.

However, since being sent down, Cordero has thrived. In 44 games in Worcester, he hit .329 with six home runs and 29 RBIs. He also spent time playing first base, a position he’s never played in the majors. Given the Red Sox’ offensive and defensive struggles at first this season, Cordero’s path to playing time could come there rather than the outfield.

Thursday night’s lineup does not include Cordero, as the Red Sox get ready to take on the Yankees at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m..

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