Brock Holt experienced symptoms of vertigo in 2017, which caused him to miss most of the first half of the season, and likely impacted his performance once he was able to return in July. The production slipped across the board, as he hit .200/.305/.243 -- low marks across the board compared to his previous three seasons. When healthy, Holt is a backup at multiple spots capable of taking good at-bats, and chipping in with a small handful of homers and steals. Given the uncertainty that accompanies a player with multiple concussions in his recent past, Holt is far from a lock to step in for Dustin Pedroia to begin 2018 while Pedroia recovers from knee surgery throughout the first two months of the season. Holt was a two-win player in consecutive seasons from 2014-2015, but it seems unlikely that he'll earn enough playing time going forward to reach that level again.
Holt (elbow) will return to the lineup and play third base Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Holt was plunked by a pitch near the elbow Sunday and sat out Monday's game before Tuesday's scheduled day off for the team. He was once a staple on Boston's active roster as a super-utility guy, but a few things are conspiring against Holt heading north this spring. Injuries are once again dogging him, the Red Sox's infield defense has been an issue this spring and the 29-year-old still has minor-league options. His versatility once made him a handy piece for fantasy owners, but he's offered meager production over the past two seasons and could be headed for the minor leagues when Boston assembles its Opening Day roster.
Holt was hit by a pitch just above his elbow Sunday and will not play Monday against Toronto, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. Holt said he expects to be fine, but the Red Sox are holding him out Monday as a precaution. The spring hasn't been kind to Holt, who has been limited by an abdominal strain and faces a glut of competition for the utility infielder job that includes Eduardo Nunez, Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin.
Holt (abdominal strain) appeared in a minor-league game Friday and will start at third base for the Red Sox on Saturday, David Wilson of MLB.com reports. Holt got four at-bats and played second base Friday in his first action since being scratched from a game Tuesday. He's in the mix for a utility infielder role, but the Red Sox are loaded with those types -- Eduardo Nunez, Tzu-Wei Lin, Deven Marrero -- and after injuries limited him the last two seasons, Holt's reliability has become an issue.
Holt said he's fine after being scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with abdominal tightness, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Holt said his removal from the lineup was simply precautionary, as the utility man felt something while throwing but had no issues taking batting practice. It sounds like Holt dodged a serious injury, but the Red Sox will still play it safe and evaluate him further Wednesday to make sure it's nothing overly serious.
Holt was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. It's unclear why Holt was a late removal from the lineup, but more should be known following the conclusion of Tuesday's contest. Ivan De Jesus replaced him in the lineup, batting seventh and playing second base.
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