Chavis is being considered as one of the candidates to become the long-term replacement at second base, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
The Red Sox are not counting on Dustin Pedroia (knee) coming back in 2020, and even if he eventually returns, his contract expires in 2021. So, the organization must plan for the long term. Chavis started 31 games at second base in 2019 and is expected to share that role with Jose Peraza in 2020 as well as first base with Mitch Moreland when the season resumes. To be an everyday player, however, Chavis may need to cut down on his 33.2 strikeout percentage in 2019, third among players with at least 380 plate appearances. He needs to better handle fastballs high in the zone, while we'll also note he had a reverse-split against left-handers (.226 in 2019). The 24-year-old infielder worked on his swing during the offseason, explaining that he tried to remove the "slack" in it. Other long-term second base options include Jeter Downs, C.J. Chatham and Cameron Cannon.
Chavis started at second base and went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's spring game against the Pirates.
Chavis has appeared in three Grapefruit League games, playing both first and second base while going 2-for-7. If healthy, Chavis should find himself in the lineup daily. He showed power in 2019, going deep 18 times in 382 plate appearances, but there were also challenges. He batted just .221 with a .649 OPS over the second half.
Chavis (oblique) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring opener, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Chavis ended last season battling an oblique injury and did not play winter ball as a result. However, he has put the injury behind him and will take the field in Boston's first exhibition game. Chavis will man first base and hit cleanup in Saturday's batting order.
Chavis (oblique) will split time between first and second base this season, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke clarified Chavis' role for the upcoming season. "When he's swinging the bat well, he's going to get more playing time whether it's at first or second," Roenicke said. "But he's going to be out there. When he's performing the way he can, like when he first came up last year and was so hot, you want him in the lineup." Chavis did not hit well against lefties in 2019 (.226 batting average) and needs to lay off high fastballs. Roenicke acknowledged Chavis' need to lay off high heat but believes his performance against lefties was the product of a limited sample size.
Chavis (oblique) said he feels good and is pleased with where his swing is at as he prepares for spring training, Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.
Chavis was in town to accept the Red Sox's rookie of the year award from the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In 2019, the 24-year-old infielder split most of his time between second base and first base, two positions without a current full-time starter in place. It's likely he sees time at each position, and he should see an increase in plate appearances in 2020.
The Red Sox no longer plan on having Chavis (oblique) take part in winter ball in Puerto Rico, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
After being placed on the 10-day injured list in mid-August with a right oblique issue, Chavis appeared to be eyeing a return to action during the final week of the regular season, but that ultimately didn't come to fruition. While Chavis isn't believed to be dealing with any sort of significant setback in his recovery, the Red Sox will have him turn his focus to getting healthy for the spring rather than making up for the at-bats he lost out on in August and September. With Mitch Moreland bound for free agency this winter and Dustin Pedroia (knee) potentially set to retire, Chavis should have a good chance at opening 2020 as a regular player on the right side of the Boston infield.
Chavis (oblique) will play winter ball in Puerto Rico, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Chavis, who is likely to be shut down for the remainder of the regular season, will play first base, second base and get some repetitions in left field while playing for Caguas Criollos. The 24-year-old has never played left field in the majors but will try to add position flexibility moving forward.
Chavis (oblique) is not responding well to baseball activity and could be shut down for the season, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Given that there are just 11 games left on the schedule and Chavis is not responding well to increased physical tests, it seems highly unlikely that we will see him again in 2019. He's hit .254/.322/.444 with 18 home runs, two steals and a 33.2 percent strikeout rate in 95 games as a rookie.
Chavis (shoulder, oblique) took batting practice on the field Tuesday, Bill Koch of the Providence Journal reports.
Chavis appears to be on the verge of activation and close to his first game action since Aug. 11. "He's hitting off the machine," manager Alex Cora said. "He took BP in the cage. If everything goes well he might be active over the weekend." This is a positive turn for Chavis as previous reports had the Red Sox considering shutting him down for the season.
Chavis (shoulder/oblique) suffered a setback and is unlikely to return this season, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Chavis, who has been sidelined since mid-August with a sprained shoulder, was originally hoping to rejoin the Red Sox over the weekend before suffering a right oblique injury. With less than a month left in the season, manager Alex Cora didn't sound optimistic about the rookie's chances of returning this season. "We're running out of time," said the skipper, per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. Look for Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez to continue filling in at the keystone for the Red Sox down the stretch.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is targeting a weekend return for Chavis (shoulder/side), Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Chavis appeared to be getting over a shoulder injury when he experienced discomfort in his side over the weekend. "We're trying to shoot for the weekend," Cora said. "I think he feels better. I talked to (head trainer) Brad (Pearson) a little bit. It's a shame because he was swinging the bat well. He made some adjustments and he was feeling a lot better with his shoulder. But this happened. But hopefully the next few days he'll start hitting soft toss and hitting off the tee. Start his progression. By the end of the week, the goal is for him to be OK." The 24-year-old Chavis is batting just .221 since the All-Star break.
Chavis (shoulder/side) returned from his rehab assignment Tuesday but remains on the injured list, Chris Mason of The Salem News reports.
Chavis had been rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket but was scratched Friday and sent for further evaluation. It remains unclear when he's expected to return, but he's evidently not ready to go just yet.
Chavis (shoulder/side) is returning to Boston to be evaluated Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Chavis was scratched from the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader with Triple-A Pawtucket due to right side soreness, and he'll return to the big-league club to determine the severity of the injury. The 24-year-old was nearing the end of his rehab assignment for a right shoulder sprain and was on track to be activated when rosters expanded Sunday before the side injury cropped up.
Chavis (shoulder) was scratched from the second game of Friday's doubleheader during his rehab stint due to right side soreness, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Chavis slugged a pair of home runs in Game 1 of the doubleheader, but he was unable to go for the nightcap. It's unclear if this setback will impact his timetable for a return.
Chavis (shoulder) played in both ends of Triple-A Pawtucket's doubleheader Thursday, going 2-for-9 with a home run and three strikeouts.
Pawtucket was rained out Wednesday, but Chavis made up for the lost at-bats by starting both games in the twin bill. He logged seven innings at second base in the first game and then served as the designated hitter for Game 2. The 24-year-old could head out west and join the team in Anaheim this weekend, though there's a chance he stays put and awaits the team's return home next week.
Manager Alex Cora said the Red Sox wouldn't activate Chavis (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list during the club's two-game set in Colorado that begins Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Chavis began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday and played back-to-back days, going 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles between the two contests. Though Chavis was only shut down for around two weeks before heading to the minors, the Red Sox apparently want him to get in some more at-bats at Triple-A before bringing him back as their everyday second baseman. Chavis could be activated from the IL in advance of Boston's series with the Angels next weekend.
Chavis (shoulder) started at first base and went 0-for-3 for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.
Chavis kicked off his rehab assignment Friday and will remain with the PawSox through the weekend, per Ian Browne of MLB.com. There's a chance he could join the Red Sox in Colorado on Tuesday for their upcoming series with the Rockies. Chavis has been sidelined with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder since Aug. 12.
Chavis (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.
Chavis gained clearance to resume swinging earlier in the week, and the team feels confident that he's ready to return to game action. He's been sidelined since Aug. 12 due to a sprained AC joint, and he's unlikely to require more than a few games in the minors before being reinstated.
Chavis (shoulder) has been cleared to begin swinging a bat, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Chavis was able to take part in some fielding work Monday, and he took another step forward Tuesday by gaining clearance to swing a bat once again. He'll need to complete a rehab assignment before being activated from the 10-day injured list, though the Red Sox haven't revealed when he may be cleared for game action.
Chavis (shoulder) was spotted fielding grounders during a pregame workout Sunday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
It's a good sign that Chavis was able to resume light baseball activities less than a week after landing on the 10-day injured list, but his ability to swing a bat without any discomfort will be the real test for his health. Chavis is eligible to return from the IL during the Red Sox's weekend series in San Diego this weekend, but he'll need to ramp up the intensity of his workouts in the next few days to guarantee his availability.
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