While the Red Sox continue to fall in the standings since the trade deadline, their biggest trade deadline addition is not on his way just yet. Newly acquired Kyle Schwarber has been rehabbing a hamstring strain and suffered a setback in his recovery, according to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic.
“Sources confirmed that Schwarber has suffered a minor setback with left groin tightness in the midst of his rehab from a right hamstring strain,” McCaffrey wrote. “Schwarber ramped up his progression running and fielding this week while the team was in Detroit but felt tightness in his left groin, so the Red Sox have lowered his activity level as a precaution.”
Schwarber hasn’t played since July 2, when he was still in Washington. The outfielder-turned-first-baseman worked out at first last week during Boston’s off day.
“A little soreness in his left groin. Nothing serious. He’s still progressing. Getting better,” Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said after Sunday’s game. “Tomorrow the plan is for him to work out and keep getting after it. He was sore over the weekend. Nothing serious. He worked with Carlos [Febles] throughout.”
Cora’s comments come as a comforting sign for Red Sox fans. However, any setback to Schwarber’s rehab is less than ideal. Boston is just 2-8 since the trade deadline and have averaged just 3.1 runs scored per game in that span.
Not all is lost for the Red Sox, though. The team announced that ace Chris Sale will make his big league return on Saturday versus the Orioles.