Injuries & Moves: RHP Mata sidelined (pulled right hammy)

February 25th, 2024

This page will be updated to reflect any Red Sox transactions and injury updates made throughout Spring Training.


Feb. 25: RHP sidelined with pulled right hamstring
One pitcher the Red Sox want to get a good look at this spring is Mata, who is out of Minor League options. The evaluation will have to wait, as he came in with a sore right hamstring on Sunday and will have to halt throwing for now. Mata was once a highly touted prospect, but he has struggled to stay healthy. After he came up through the system as a starter, the Sox plan to use Mata as a reliever in Spring Training.

Feb. 23: OF , INF to debut around March 1
Two projected starting position players for the Red Sox this season are expected to miss the first week or so of Grapefruit League games. Duran had surgery late last season to repair a left big toe injury and the team is being conservative with him early in camp. Grissom has been dealing with some imbalance issues in his hamstrings that dates back to the offseason. Duran is expected to be Boston's leadoff hitter this season, while Grissom is projected as the starting second baseman.

Feb. 23: LHP added to Spring Training roster as non-roster invitee
A year ago, Rodríguez was signed as a free agent to be Boston's lead lefty, but he pitched in just 11 games due to a barrage of injuries. This year, he returns to try and win a roster spot. Southpaws Brennand Bernardino and Lucas Luetge are also options for manager Alex Cora.

Feb. 17: RHP traded to Royals for Minor League righty
By trading a dependable setup man in Schreiber, the Red Sox were able to acquire a Minor League righty in Sandlin who has a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and high upside. The 22-year-old Sandlin was ranked No. 19 in the Royals’ system in MLB Pipeline’s most recent Top 30 rankings. He likely would have been a few slots higher if not for an oblique injury that limited him to 14 starts last season. In two seasons with the Red Sox, Schreiber posted a 2.90 ERA in 111 appearances.

Feb. 12: LHP added to Spring Training roster as non-roster invitee
In Luetge, the Red Sox get a veteran who has been there and done that. Luetge, 36, owns a 3.60 career ERA (93 ER/232 1/3 IP) with 226 strikeouts in 230 Major League games (one start) for the Mariners (2012-15), Yankees (2021-22) and Braves (2023). Though Luetge struggled last season after performing well for the Yankees the previous two years, he brings depth to Boston's lefty options in the bullpen.