Although the Red Sox are fairly healthy with their core players, some of their role players are still working their way back from injuries.
Left fielder Blake Swihart continues to go through full baseball activities after suffering a severe ankle sprain back on June 4. Manager John Farrell said there is no set timetable on a rehab assignment, but the fact that he’s going through full baseball activities should mean that will be coming soon
Swihart was batting .258 in 19 major league games this season. Farrell said over the weekend it’s unclear if he will catch at all the rest of the season.
He also added utility infielder Josh Rutledge is in a similar spot as he rehabs from a knee injury, but he might be delayed in coming back a bit because of being on the 60-day disabled list and when he’s eligible to come off of that.
Reliever Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) could return to the Red Sox roster by Friday, as he was placed on the disabled list (retroactive to July 4) last Thursday. The right-hander threw a simulated game on Tuesday and was able to throw all of his pitches.
The news isn’t as good for left fielder Chris Young as he hasn’t yet begun ground-based running as he works his way back from a groin strain, which saw him go on the disabled list on June 24.
Farrell acknowledged the MRI showed a bit more than a Grade 1 strain. He added the team has “to be careful” with his rehab.
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
— Joe Kelly returning to the Red Sox is more of a roster-based decision, as he’s fully recovered from his groin injury suffered in mid-June with the PawSox. Since making the switch to the bullpen, in five outings (three with Lowell, two with Pawtucket), he’s allowed two runs over seven innings with 11 strikeouts.
He’s thrown three scoreless innings with Pawtucket in his two outings with six strikeouts.
“As far as him moving to the bullpen, that has going as we could have hoped,” Farrell said. “When he’s available to us here, that’s more of a roster and bigger picture situation to get us here.”
Added Farrell: “It’s going to be based on need. Keep in mind, he’s not on a major league rehab. He’s on Pawtucket’s roster. The clock isn’t ticking that a certain date it expires and he has to come back with us. Again, that is a roster decision and probably a bigger picture item to get him back here.
— The Red Sox don’t have the easiest of schedules coming up as they will play 43 games in 44 days and from July 28-Sept. 17, 17 of their 39 games will be on the West Coast. Farrell said the recent acquisitions the team has made, as well as getting players back from injury will put them in a good place.
“I think we’re looking forward to it,” he said. “I think the depth of our bench is really going to be felt. The ability to rotate [Aaron] Hill through there, [Bryce] Brentz. Obviously Michael Martinez has yet to get on the field with any regularity of importance, but his availability to us is going to come into play. … Again, we’re relatively in a good place physically from a health standpoint. How we balance that out with David [Ortiz] and others, I think we’re set up with a balanced roster to handle these set of games.”