Marrero was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. The club activated Eduardo Nunez prior to Friday's game against the Royals while optioning Marrero as a corresponding move. During 58 games at the big-league level this season, Marrero has hit .212/.258/.318 with three home runs and 23 RBI. He will likely rejoin the team in the near future, but Nunez and Rafael Devers project to scoop up all the playing time at the hot corner moving forward.
Marrero started at shortstop in place of the injured Xander Bogaerts (hand) and went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Toronto. With two out and two men in scoring position, Marrero delivered a two-run single to plate Boston's first two runs of the game. His .211 batting average isn't much to look at, but Marrero has knocked in 22 runs in 46 at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox are 27-13 in the 40 games he's started.
Marrero remained with the Red Sox following the team's activation of Brock Holt from the disabled list Sunday. Marrero had been sharing third-base duties with Tzu-Wei Lin, but it was the latter who got his walking papers after Holt was activated. The reasoning is simple: Both Lin and Holt hit from the left side, so the right-handed-hitting Marrero is a proper complement to Holt. Marrero's roster status will become moot if the Red Sox acquire a third baseman in the coming weeks, though. The weekend was full of reports that the Red Sox and White Sox are closing in on a deal that will send Todd Frazier to Boston.
Marrero is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Rays, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Xander Bogaerts is back at shortstop after missing two games with a hand injury and manager John Farrell has elected to go with Tzu-Wei Lin at the hot corner, making Marrero the odd man out. The 26-year-old has gotten off to a nice start this month, batting .450 with three RBI in 20 at-bats, but has yet to really solidify himself as an everyday player. He remains of little value while positioned behind Lin on the depth chart.
Marrero went 2-for-3 and initiated two 5-4-3 double plays in Friday's 8-3 win over the Rays. He started at third base while Tzu-Wei Lin moved to shortstop in place of the injured Xander Bogaerts (hand). The double plays came off the bat of the hot-hitting Wilson Ramos and contributed to Marrero's three defensive runs saved at third base. That's quite a turnaround from the minus-9 posted at the position by his predecessors. As long as Bogaerts is unavailable, there's room for both Marrero and Lin in the starting lineup. Those two are sharing third base, an unforeseen situation at the start of the season but one that's working out for Boston at this time. The Red Sox will continue on like this and don't have to make a decision until July 16, when the rehabilitation assignment of Pablo Sandoval (illness) expires.