Duran (personal) was reinstated from the restricted list Thursday. Duran was unavailable for Boston's series in Toronto to begin the week since he's unvaccinated, but he'll rejoin the team ahead of its weekend series against the Cubs. The 25-year-old slashed .385/.429/.538 with four doubles, five runs, three RBI and four stolen bases over six games prior to his absence.
The Red Sox placed Duran (personal) on the restricted list Monday. Duran and right-hander Tanner Houck will both skip the Red Sox's three-game series that begins Monday in Toronto since their status as unvaccinated players makes them ineligible to enter Canada. Infielder Yolmer Sanchez was called up from Triple-A Worcester to replace Duran on the roster for the Toronto series, but Rob Refsnyder and Christian Arroyo will be the main candidates to pick up starts in the outfield while Duran is unavailable. Duran will link back up with the Red Sox when the team begins a three-game series in Chicago with the Cubs on Friday.
The Red Sox are expected to place Duran on the restricted list prior to Monday's series opener in Toronto, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports. As Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican first reported last week, Duran acknowledged that he is unvaccinated for COVID-19, therefore making him ineligible to cross the Canadian border for the Red Sox's three-game series with the Blue Jays. Boston is expected to formally call up another player to replace Duran on the 26-man active roster, but Rob Refsnyder and Jackie Bradley will be the main candidates to pick up starts in center field over the next three days while Duran is unavailable. Duran will be ready to go for Friday's series opener in Chicago against the Cubs, but his time as an everyday player could end as soon as Enrique Hernandez (hip) is deemed ready to return from the 10-day injured list.
His vaccination status will sideline him for the start of this week in Toronto, but overall, Duran looks like he's here to stay. The 25-year-old rookie, who got plenty of play last year as well, has hit leadoff in 10 of the Red Sox's past 11 games, batting .333 (13 for 39) with five doubles, a triple, four stolen bases and just six strikeouts compared to four walks. Two of those steals came on a four-hit day Saturday. He's exactly the table-setter the Red Sox have been lacking ahead of Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts, making him an exciting pickup if you need help in batting average, runs and especially stolen bases.
Duran went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two stolen bases Saturday in a 4-2 victory versus Cleveland. Duran recorded his first four-hit game as a major leaguer -- in fact, he hadn't notched more than two hits in any contest prior to Saturday -- and he stole a pair of bags in a contest for the second time this season. The rookie also gave Boston an important insurance run in the ninth inning with his run-scoring single. Duran has been impressive in 12 games in the big leagues thus far, posting a .319/.373/.489 slash line with eight runs, three RBI and four stolen bases.
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