Red Sox place rookie Chavis on injured list for shoulder

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis (23) makes a diving catch of a fly ball by Kansas City Royals' Hunter Dozier during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

Associated Press
Published: 8/12/2019 4:27:14 PM

CLEVELAND – The Boston Red Sox have placed rookie infielder Michael Chavis on the 10-day injured list with sprained left shoulder.

One of the AL’s top first-year players, Chavis has 18 homers and 58 RBI, second most to Mets slugger Pete Alonso among rookies. Chavis has been in a slump, batting just .156 (5-for-32) in his last 11 games. The shoulder injury could explain Chavis’ recent slide.

The move was announced before the Red Sox opened a three-game series at Progressive Field. Boston has lost 11 of 15 and is 16 ½ games behind first-place New York in the AL East and 7 back for a playoff wild-card spot.

The Red Sox also recalled right-hander Travis Lakins and infielder Marco Hernández from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Chavis’s home-run and RBI totals are the most by a Red Sox rookie since Ellis Burks hit 20 home runs with 59 RBI in 1987. Chavis played first base (49 games), second (45), and third (five).

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