Injuries & Moves: Robles DFA'd (source)

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Keep track of the Red Sox’s recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

July 5: RHP Hansel Robles DFA'd to make room for Bello
Though the Red Sox haven't made the move official yet, a source told MLB.com that the struggling Robles was designated for assignment following Tuesday's 8-4 loss to the Rays in order to make room on the roster for No. 3 prospect Brayan Bello, who will make his MLB debut on Wednesday.

Robles had another rough outing on Tuesday, giving up one hit, one run and two walks. In his first eight outings of the season, Robles didn't allow an earned run. He fell off dramatically after that, posting a 9.19 ERA in his next 18 appearances, concluding with Tuesday. Robles went 2-for-8 in save opportunities. -- Ian Browne

July 5: RHP Michael Wacha eyeing Friday return
Wacha, who was scheduled to start on Monday against the Rays, was scratched after complaining about having a “heavy arm” on Sunday. It appears he is making a swift recovery. Wacha resumed throwing on Tuesday and he is scheduled for a bullpen session on Wednesday with the goal of starting on Friday night against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Wacha has been one of the brightest spots in Boston’s rotation this season, going 6-1 with one complete game and a 2.69 ERA in 13 starts. -- Ian Browne

July 5: RHPs Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Whitlock throw live sessions
In an encouraging sign for the Red Sox, Eovaldi and Whitlock both threw two innings of live batting practice at Fenway Park prior to Tuesday's game against the Rays. Manager Alex Cora said he will see how both feel on Wednesday, and the club could be ready to plot out Minor League rehab assignments for both pitchers then. Eovaldi (low back inflammation) and Whitlock (right hip inflammation) have both been on the injured list since June 9. Whitlock will move back to the bullpen when he returns. -- Ian Browne

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip inflammation)
Expected return:
Mid-July
Whitlock took an important step on July 5, throwing two innings of live batting practice at Fenway Park. Whitlock could be getting close to a Minor League rehab assignment. He will move back to the bullpen when he returns. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 5)

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (low back inflammation)
Expected return:
Mid-July
Eovaldi threw two innings of live batting practice on July 5, marking his biggest step since he went on the injured list nearly a month ago. The fireballing righty could be close to a Minor League rehab assignment. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 5)

OF Kiké Hernández (right hip flexor strain)
Expected return:
Week of July 11
Hernández continues to make progress and is eyeing a Minor League rehab assignment toward the end of the week.

"He’s moving well. Now it’s all about the baseball part of it," manager Alex Cora said. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 5)

RHP Matt Barnes (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return:
Late July/Early August
Barnes threw his latest bullpen session in Fort Myers, Fla., on July 4, and he will face hitters later this week. In fact, manager Alex Cora thinks Barnes can start a Minor League rehab assignment by the week of July 11. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 5)

LHP Rich Hill (sprained left knee)
Expected return:
Late July/Early August
Hill injured his knee during his start against the Cubs on July 1 and was placed on the injured list the next day. He said the injury is similar to the MCL issue he had in 2019 when he was with the Dodgers. Hill missed a month that time. The lefty is 4-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 starts this season. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 2)

60-day IL

LHP Josh Taylor (lower back strain)
Expected return
: Mid-July
Taylor got roughed up in his most recent Minor League rehab appearance, giving up three hits and two runs, including a homer, for Double-A Portland. Taylor is slated to pitch again on July 6 for Triple-A Worcester in relief of Chris Sale. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 5)

LHP James Paxton (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: August
Paxton's latest bullpen session took place on July 2, when he threw 32 pitches. All signs continue to point to the lefty returning to the Red Sox at some point in August.

"He was really good," Cora said of Paxton's session on July 2. "I know, slowly but surely, he's getting to throwing changeups and a good fastball. He’s feeling good about where he’s at.” -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 3)

LHP Chris Sale (stress fracture, right rib cage)
Expected return:
Week of July 11
After a strong performance for Double-A Portland on June 30, Sale is scheduled to make his next start for Triple-A Worcester on July 6. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said there's a chance that will be Sale's final rehab start, meaning he could be poised to rejoin the Red Sox as early as July 11. -- Ian Browne (Last updated: July 1)