Dalbec entered Sunday's game after Christian Arroyo was removed due to a hamstring injury. He went 0-for-3 in a 9-1 loss to the Yankees. Boston manager Alex Cora indicated prior to the game that Dalbec would serve in a platoon at first base with Arroyo -- Dalbec against lefties; Arroyo against righties -- but that will change following the injury, which is expected to land Arroyo on the injured list. Danny Santana (quadriceps) is expected to return Monday, so there could still be a platoon situation, but he's worse against right-handers (34 wRC+ in 2021) than Dalbec (55 wRC+).
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said prior to Sunday's game against the Yankees that Dalbec will primarily start against left-handed pitching moving forward, with Christian Arroyo filling the large side of a platoon at first base, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. With Dalbec having submitted a lowly .484 OPS in June and slashing a feeble .187/.246/.342 versus right-handed pitching for the season, the Red Sox's decision to pull the plug on him as the everyday first baseman isn't overly surprising. While Dalbec has been an above-average hitter against lefties (110 wRC+ on the season), the lack of regular reps will render him more of a streaming option rather than someone who can be relied upon in weekly leagues.
Dalbec is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Dalbec had a hitless, three-strikeout game Saturday, lowering his average to .273 in the last ten contests. Marwin Gonzalez will start at first base and bat eighth in the final game before the break.
Dalbec isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Angels, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. Dalbec started each of the last three games after returning from a hamstring injury, and he went 2-for-10 with four strikeouts. Danny Santana will take his place at first base and bat eighth.
Dalbec (hamstring) is batting eighth and playing first base in Saturday's game against the Athletics, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. After missing three consecutive games with hamstring tightness, Dalbec, who's hit .273 against lefties this season, returns to face southpaw Cole Irvin. Though his .218 average in 2021 is nothing special, Dalbec has hit .315 with four homers and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.