BOSTON -- The Red Sox will be without Andrew Benintendi until after the All-Star break, as the left fielder was placed on the bereavement list on Friday due to a death in his family.Benintendi, who has been one of Boston's best hitters in the first half, is expected to rejoin
BOSTON -- The Red Sox will be without Andrew Benintendi until after the All-Star break, as the left fielder was placed on the bereavement list on Friday due to a death in his family.
Benintendi, who has been one of Boston's best hitters in the first half, is expected to rejoin the team for the series in Detroit after the break.
To fill Benintendi's spot on the roster, the Red Sox called up first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Travis was thrown right into the fire, starting Friday night's game against the Blue Jays at DH. J.D. Martinez replaced Benintendi in left.
Right-handed hitter Steve Pearce would have factored into the equation for Friday if not for a left foot contusion he suffered when he was hit by a pitch by J.A. Happ on Thursday.
Travis is the No. 5 prospect in the Red Sox organization, according to MLB Pipeline. This is the second time Travis has been called up this season. He was 2-for-12 in his first stint.
Travis is slashing .224/.297/.341 at Triple-A Pawtucket, with six homers and 20 RBIs. He's performed better of late.
"Swinging at strikes. He's not chasing," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He's not as pull-happy as he was early. That's a good sign. In Spring Training, he was driving the ball to right-center, he was very disciplined. So he got away from it and now the last few weeks, he's been back to doing that."
Johnson to make Sunday return
The fifth spot in the rotation has been fluid for the Red Sox this season due to injuries, and Christopher Johnson will return from the disabled list to fill the slot when he starts Sunday's finale of this four-game series.
Johnson last pitched for Boston on July 3, and was shut down with left hip inflammation.
Cora thinks Johnson can go five innings in his return. Johnson is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts this season.
Mookie at-bat brings back memories for Cora
When Betts belted a grand slam in the 13th pitch of his at-bat on Thursday, Cora couldn't help but flash back to his two-run homer for the Dodgers on a 19-pitch at-bat against Cubs right-hander Matt Clement on May 13, 2004. Cora and Clement would become teammates one year later on the Red Sox.
"It's still you against me. I don't want you to beat me," Cora said. "I want to beat you. But the fans get into it. The pitch count gets into it and it's really like, 'No, you're not getting me now.' And it's the same way with the pitcher. Matty made some great pitches in that at-bat, and I was just barely fouling them off, just like Happ yesterday."
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.