Injuries & Moves: Hosmer expected to return Monday

October 2nd, 2022

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Oct. 2: Eric Hosmer could be activated, start Monday night
Hosmer has played just 12 games for the Red Sox since his acquisition at the Trade Deadline due to a bad back. The left-handed-hitting first baseman is at last healthy, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora projects he will be activated and in the starting lineup on Monday night for the start of the final series of the season against the Rays. No. 2 prospect Triston Casas has settled in as Boston's starting first baseman down the stretch, so Monday will likely be Hosmer's lone start. How has Hosmer stayed ready in Boston this weekend while the Red Sox are in Toronto?

"We’ve got this machine down there, it’s like a simulator or whatever," said Cora. "What comes out is pretty similar to the stuff [of MLB pitchers]. You put, for example, Gerrit Cole, and the machine actually calibers the stuff based on his last start. So he’s been facing some good big league pitching the past few days.”

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

1B Eric Hosmer (lower back inflammation)
Expected return:
Oct. 3
Hosmer, who has played 12 games for the Red Sox since he was acquired at the Trade Deadline, should be activated and in the starting lineup on Oct. 3 against the Rays, per manager Alex Cora. No. 2 prospect Triston Casas has settled in as Boston's starting first baseman down the stretch, so Monday will likely be Hosmer's lone start. (Last updated: Oct. 2)

2B Trevor Story (left heel contusion, illness)
Expected return: 2023
Story has been recovering from a left heel contusion he suffered on Sept. 11 in Baltimore. The plan was for him to play in the final series of the season against the Rays, but that no longer appears realistic. Story now has an illness and won't be able to travel with the Red Sox for the club's penultimate series in Toronto. Manager Alex Cora thinks that Story's 2022 season is over. In his first season of a six-year, $140 million contract, Story had trouble with offensive consistency and staying healthy. He played in 94 games, slashing .238/.303/.434 with 16 homers and 66 RBIs. The positive is that he played outstanding defense in his transition from shortstop to second base.

"I think obviously, this is it for him," said Cora. "There’s not much he’s going to do over the weekend. He’s a good player. He is. You see the record when he played and when he didn’t play. Just the impact, driving in runs or playing good defense, he’s legit. He’s gonna help us to win a lot of games in the upcoming years.” (Last updated: Sept. 29)

RHP (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return:
2023
Crawford was placed on the injured list with a right shoulder impingement at the beginning of September and won't pitch again this season. However, he took an important step on Sept. 28 when he fired two innings of live batting practice, showing good velocity and movement on his pitches. The Red Sox are pleased with Crawford's development this season. He had a red-hot stretch in the rotation from July 4-Aug. 2, posting a 2.38 ERA over five starts. 

"The plan is for him to have a full offseason, keep getting better and let’s see what happens next year but understanding that he is part of the future, he is important for us," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "And regardless of the last few outings [before the injury], we feel very comfortable about him.” (Last updated: Sept. 28)

RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip impingement)
Expected return: 2023
As expected, Whitlock underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip on Sept. 26. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and was deemed successful. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he will get more details in the coming days, but all signs point toward Whitlock being ready for the start of the 2023 season. Whitlock last pitched on Sept. 16 against the Royals. He posted a 4-2 record with a 3.45 ERA in 31 appearances (nine starts) this season.

"He has an appointment [Sept. 27]. From everything I hear, everything was OK. No surprises," said Cora. "He will talk to the doctor [Sept. 27] and go from there. With him, obviously the offseason is what he can do to keep his arm going because he’s going to be very limited [with the hip]. But the goal is to be ready for 2023." (Last updated: Sept. 26)

60-day IL

RHP Tanner Houck (lower back surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Houck underwent surgery to repair a disc issue in his lower back on Sept. 6, meaning his 2022 season is over. He was moved to the 60-day IL on Sept. 4. The righty is expected to be fully recovered by Spring Training. In an interview with reporters on Sept. 13, Houck was enthused at how much better he has felt since surgery.

“Oh, I definitely can feel the difference," Houck said. "Before, my leg was on fire. I described it as fire ants were running up and down my leg. I have no more side effects, no more anything. I feel completely back to normal. I already told [manager Alex Cora] I’d pitch tonight if they let me, but I don’t think that’ll happen.”

Houck had a strong season before the injury, converting eight of nine save opportunities and notching a 3.15 ERA in 32 appearances. (Last updated: Sept. 13)

OF/1B (right ankle sprain)
Expected return: 2023
Cordero rammed his right leg into the left-field wall in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Sept. 5 game against the Rays while unsuccessfully pursuing a double by Randy Arozarena, suffering a severe right ankle sprain that ended his season. Cordero batted .219 (53-for-242) with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBIs in a career-high 84 games for the Red Sox this season, appearing in 53 games at first base, 26 in right field, 12 in left field and two in center field. (Last updated: Sept. 7)

LHP Josh Taylor (lower back strain)
Expected return:
2023
Taylor has had repeated issues with his back since Spring Training, and he won't throw a pitch for the Red Sox this season. In 2021, Taylor was a key member of Boston's bullpen, holding lefties to a line of .146/.222/.159 with no homers and no RBIs in 90 plate appearances. (Last updated: Sept. 3)

LHP James Paxton (Tommy John surgery, left lat strain)
Expected return:
2023
Paxton suffered a Grade 2 left lat strain after facing just two batters in his first Minor League rehab start on Aug. 18. He won't pitch in the Major Leagues in 2022. The Red Sox hold a dual option on Paxton for the '23-24 seasons worth $13 million per season. The lefty holds a $4 million player option. (Last updated: Aug. 25)

LHP Chris Sale (left fifth finger fracture and right wrist fracture)
Expected return: 2023
Sale was already questionable to return this season when he fractured his left pinkie finger on a comebacker at Yankee Stadium on July 17. But any hope of Sale pitching again in 2022 was lost as a result of him fracturing his right wrist in a bike accident on Aug. 6. The left-hander underwent surgery on Aug. 8. (Last updated: Aug. 9)