Injuries & Roster Moves: Arroyo improving

June 23rd, 2021

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

ROSTER MOVES

June 22: C  placed on 10-day injured list retroactive to June 21 with left hamstring strain
Plawecki, who is Christian Vázquez’s backup behind the plate, was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Royals chasing an errant throw by Kiké Hernández. By making the move retroactive, the Red Sox are holding out some hope Plawecki will be back after the minimum 10 days.

June 22: C   recalled from Triple-A Worcester 
This is the first callup to the Majors for the switch-hitter the Red Sox acquired in the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Dodgers in February of ’20. Wong has been with the Red Sox the past two Spring Trainings. Manager Alex Cora said he is likely to make his first MLB start on Sunday against the Yankees. 

In his first exposure to Triple-A pitching, Wong has gotten off to a slow start at the plate this season, going 9-for-61 with one homer. Ranked No. 16 among Red Sox prospects by MLB Pipeline, Wong has thrown out seven of the 11 runners who have tried to steal against him.

INJURY UPDATES

Day to day

INF (right shin bone bruise)
Expected return: Thursday or Friday
Arroyo, who has been one of the team’s most clutch hitters in June, suffered his injury colliding with Kiké Hernández while trying to catch a Hunter Dozier fly ball in Sunday’s loss to the Royals.

“He’s doing better,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “Still sore. He’s doing some running drills. Probably he’s out there right now. We’ll try to stay away from him today. We still believe it’s not an IL situation. Hopefully he’s ready to play tomorrow. If not, by Friday. We’ll be patient with him. We still feel like we’re in a good spot with the other guys. We’ve got Marwin [Gonzalez]. We’ve got [Connor] Wong, who can play multiple positions. We still feel we’re OK with that.” (Last updated: June 23)

10-day IL

C Kevin Plawecki (left hamstring strain)
Expected return:
Early to mid-July
The backup catcher injured his hamstring chasing an errant throw in a June 20 loss against the Royals. The Red Sox are hopeful the injury won’t linger. (Last updated: June 22)

60-day IL

LHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: August
The ace continues to make strides. After throwing a bullpen session at Double-A Portland on Tuesday, the next step for Sale will be a significant one. On Saturday, prior to the Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park, Sale will throw to hitters for the first time since undergoing surgery on March 30, 2020. 

“So far, so good,” said Alex Cora. “He’s in a good position. He feels great.” (Last updated: June 22)

RHP (concussion, left calf strain)
Expected return: July
The Red Sox had good news on Brasier. One day after he was struck on the right side of his face by a line drive in a simulated game, the reliever was released from the hospital and resting comfortably at his apartment in Fort Myers, Fla. Brasier has a concussion, but it appears he has otherwise dodged any additional head injuries.

Before that scary incident, he was in the final stages of recovering from a left calf strain suffered at the end of Spring Training. Brasier's sim game on Friday was expected to be his last step before going on a Minor League rehab assignment. Now, he will have to go through concussion protocol and additional recovery before the Red Sox clear him to return to baseball activities. (Last updated: June 5)

Minor League IL

None.