Boston Red Sox Injury Report: Infielders Inching Closer To Return, Pitchers Getting Closer As Well
The Boston Red Sox injury report is starting to show positive signs across the board.
“We have a number of encouraging things on the rehab front,” manager John Farrell said.
Utility Infielders Getting Closer To Return
Brock Holt started a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and was 1 for 3 as the designated hitter Saturday. He started in left field Sunday and went 0 for 3 in a 14-7 loss to Scranton.
Holt, who is recovering from concussion symptoms believed related to vertigo, is likely to stay in the minors through the All-Star break.
The issue with his rehab assignment has been the log of third basemen ahead of him in Pawtucket. Both Pablo Sandoval and Jhonny Peralta are both in Pawtucket not allowing Holt to get too much time at third.
Holt did, however, take grounders at third ahead of Monday’s game in Pawtucket.
Sandoval, on the other hand, is rehabbing an inner ear infection that placed him on the 10-day-dl. With the PawSox, the third basemen is 7-for-25 in six games with one home run and three RBIs.
The other utility player recovering from injury is Josh Rutledge. Rutledge is recovering from a concussion and took batting practice at McCoy on Sunday. But with the PawSox going on the road on Tuesday, Rutledge has traveled to the team facility in Fort Myers, Fla. He is expected to meet up with Boston in Tampa Bay this week but will still need a rehab assignment.
Lefthanded Pitchers On The Mend
The Boston Red Sox currently have three pitchers of note returning from injury.
Rodriguez will start on Tuesday for Pawtucket in Rochester with a goal of getting to five or six innings and 75-80 pitches. Farrell indicated to the media that it is unlikely Rodriguez would pitch in the majors before the All-Star break.
Brian Johnson, on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, is set to start for Pawtucket on Wednesday. He will have the same pitch and inning limits as E-Rod according to PawSox manager Kevin Boles.
Groome, on the other hand, is three starts into a rehab with the Lowell Spinners He is close to a call-up to the Greenville Drive.