Chavis started at second base and went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 8-1 win over Oakland. The noticeably leaner Chavis took advantage of a sinking liner to center field that eluded Ramon Laureano and stretched it out for a double to lead off the bottom of the first inning. That ignited a three-run inning, as Boston's bats came alive for the first time in four games. Chavis has started three straight, including two at first base for a slumping Bobby Dalbec, and could be making a push to stay in Boston even after the roster gets healthier. Dalbec rose to the challenge Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a home run.
Chavis will start at second base and bat leadoff Thursday against the Athletics, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Chavis will be filling in for Marwin Gonzalez in the series finale, but it's Bobby Dalbec who likely has to worry about Chavis stealing his spot in the everyday lineup. Dalbec was benched for the past two games in favor of Chavis, who went 2-for-7 with three strikeouts while stepping in at first base.
Chavis went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 11-6 win over the Orioles. Seeing his first action since his promotion Friday, Chavis took Zac Lowther deep in the second inning for his first homer of the year. Chavis has slugged 24 home runs over 138 games during his MLB career, but he's also struck out 179 times including two whiffs Saturday, making him a volatile fantasy option while he's on the Red Sox roster.
Chavis was recalled from Triple-A Worcester on Friday. Chavis briefly joined the major-league roster earlier in the season, but he'll now return to the Red Sox after Enrique Hernandez (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Chavis could see playing time at second base or in the outfield while Hernandez is sidelined.
The Red Sox optioned Chavis to their taxi squad Sunday. Chavis' stay on the 26-man roster lasted just one day after J.D. Martinez (illness) -- who was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday -- cleared MLB's health and safety protocols ahead of Sunday's series finale in Baltimore. Since Chavis will still be part of Boston's five-man taxi squad, he could be in store for a call-up during the team's ongoing road trip if the Red Sox require another position player at any point.
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