Boston Red Sox Place Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval On DL, Option Austin Maddox To AAA, And Call Up Sam Travis And Deven Marrero
The Boston Red Sox have made several roster moves ahead of Tuesday’s game with the Kansas City Royals.
- Third-basemen, Pablo Sandoval, has been placed on the 10-day-disabled-list with a left inner ear infection.
- Right-handed reliever Austin Maddox has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Monday nights game against the Royals.
- Utility infielder Deven Marrero and first-basemen Sam Travis have been called up from Pawtucket.
The Stats Behind The Moves
This is the second time this season that Sandoval finds himself on the DL. The first time came on April 25th, when he suffered a right knee sprain. Sandoval has only been active since May 19th and in that time has had 99 plate appearances.
In those plate appearances Sandoval is batting .212 with 4 home-runs and 12 RBIs. Defensively, Sandoval has committed five errors in just 29 games at third base. His fielding percentage of .914, is well below his career average of .957.
Maddox has appeared in two-games for Boston since getting called up on June 15th. He has thrown 2 innings in relief allowing 1 hit and striking out one batter.
Marrero is getting called back up just a week after he was optioned to Pawtucket from Boston. He has 83 at-bats for Boston this season and is batting .157 with 3 home runs and 11 RBIs. What Marrero brings to the table is excellent defense. He has only committed 2 errors in 29 games at third this season for the Red Sox. Defensively he is the best third basemen in the organization.
Travis on the other hand has spent a little more time back in Pawtucket since his last call-up after being optioned on June 9th. Despite being in Boston for about two weeks, Travis only saw 17 at-bats at the Major League level. He did however bat .471 in that stretch and stole a base. It is unclear what his role will be with Boston and for how long he will stay with the team.
Where Will The Playing Time Go?
Marrero will likely be “the guy” at third base with Josh Rutledge playing second base with Dustin Pedroia dealing with a lingering injury from the Houston series finale. For Travis, he might see at-bats if Hanley Ramirez continues to hit sub-par at the plate with his disappointing .245 batting average. But his position of first base is blocked by Mitch Moreland who is batting .270 on the season and has done everything that has been asked of him and more.
With Moreland though, he has played in 66 of the 70 games played by the Boston Red Sox season. And he is only batting .254 in June and is hitless in Boston’s last three games. Could be a good time for John Farrell to give Moreland a few days off to give the veteran first basemen some much needed rest. Based on Tuesday’s starting lineup, that is exactly what Farrell has in mind.
Tuesday’s starting lineup:
Mookie Betts RF
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sam Travis 1B
Deven Marrero 3B
Chris Sale LHP