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 big-league club after Enrique Hernandez (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Chavis and Franchy Cordero could see playing time 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.
Chavis was recalled from the alternate training site Saturday.
The 25-year-old will take the roster spot of J.D. Martinez, who was placed on the COVID-19 injured list while experiencing cold symptoms. Chavis should fill a bench role until Martinez is able to rejoin the team.
Chavis failed to control the strike zone throughout spring training, which was a factor in the Red Sox sending him to the alternate camp, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Chavis lost out on the final roster spot to Christian Arroyo. Having minor-league options while Arroyo did not likely factored into the decision, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora spoke to Chavis chasing pitches. "We talk about a few things that he needs to do to be the complete hitter we know he can be. I think at the end, he didn't control the strike zone. He was very aggressive chasing pitches out of the zone," Cora said. Chavis had a 1.129 OPS over the first 18 spring games, but the infielder went just 2-for-17 with eight strikeouts over the final seven contests. He'll start the season at Triple-A Worcester and work on understanding the upper edge of the strike zone and driving pitches in the zone.
The Red Sox optioned Chavis to their alternate site Tuesday.
Chavis impressed at the plate this spring with an .892 OPS, but the fact that he had two minor-league options remaining likely worked against him in his bid for the Opening Day roster. With the likes of Enrique Hernandez, Marwin Gonzalez and Christian Arroyo all offering the ability to play multiple positions, Chavis' defensive versatility was also less valuable to Boston than it might have been to another club.
Chavis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's spring game against Tampa Bay.
It was his sixth spring homer, tying him with Bobby Dalbec for the team lead. The right-handed hitter is slashing .302/.362/.767 in an effort to claim the final bench spot. His main competition for the roster, Christian Arroyo, also went deep Monday and is slashing .300/.349/.550 with three homers and eight RBI.
Chavis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's spring game against the Rays.
Chavis went deep in the second inning for his fourth Grapefruit League homer and is 8-for-29 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI over 12 spring games. Boston manager Alex Cora praised Chavis' ability to lay off pitches outside the zone, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. If that were to continue, it'd improve his chances of claiming the final bench spot. Smith also noted that Chavis will likely make the Opening Day roster if Franchy Cordero opens the season on the injured list. Cordero began camp on the COVID-related IL and only recently began working out with the team. If he lands on the IL to start the season, Marwin Gonzalez would be the likely starter in left field.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Thursday that Chavis won't be considered an option in the outfield "for now," Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
With Franchy Cordero's status for Opening Day in question due to his delayed start to camp while waiting to clear the COVID-19 protocols, the Red Sox could have an opening in left field to begin the season. Chavis apparently won't warrant any consideration to replace him, with Cora instead naming Marwin Gonzalez as the top candidate to fill in for Cordero if needed. While Chavis still would offer the ability to play three infield spots, his chances of winning a utility role with Boston don't appear to be high with Gonzalez, Enrique Hernandez, Danny Santana and Christian Arroyo all offering similar or better defensive versatility. In addition, Chavis has minor-league options remaining, which also figures to work against him in his bid for an Opening Day roster spot.
Chavis still has minor-league options, which could be a factor for the Red Sox as they finalize their Opening Day roster, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Boston is expected to carry just three bench players, including catcher Kevin Plawecki and super-utility man Marwin Gonzalez, who plays both outfield and infield. That leaves Chavis in a battle with Christian Arroyo, who is out of minor-league options. To preserve their organizational depth, the Red Sox may keep Arroyo and stash Chavis at Triple-A Worcester.
Chavis (back) entered Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays as a reserve and belted a two-run home run.
Chavis was scratched from Thursday's contest but continued his quest for a roster spot Friday. His seventh-inning home run, which made up for a fielding error at first base in the sixth inning, was his second of the spring. Utility infielder Christian Arroyo is viewed as his primary competition for a roster spot. The Red Sox are considering carrying 14 pitchers with three bench spots allotted to fielders, so versatility is key. One of those three will be backup catcher Kevin Plawecki and another will be the super-utility Marwin Gonzalez.
The Red Sox scratched Chavis from their lineup for Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles due to back tightness, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
The injury is likely only a minor concern for Chavis, but he'll still need to move past the back issue quickly if he hopes to build his case for playing time early on during the campaign. With Boston adding Enrique Hernandez, Marwin Gonzalez, Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero during the offseason, Chavis could have to settle for a bench role to begin 2021 following a disappointing 2020 campaign in which he posted a .636 OPS while striking out in 31.6 percent of his 158 plate appearances.
Chavis started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's spring game against the Twins.
Chavis also played third base during the game, showing off the versatility that could be of value to fantasy teams, but he does not have a roster spot locked up entering spring training. He's never adjusted to a league that caught up to him during the summer of 2019. Contact remains the primary issue and pitchers discovered he's tempted by high heat.
Chavis has to prove he's made adjustments this spring if he's to open the season on the big-league roster, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Chavis has potential, but he hasn't fully tapped into it over his first 137 major-league games, hitting a modest .241/.304/.424. Contact has been his biggest problem, as he's struck out in 32.8 percent of his plate appearances. Chavis still has options remaining, so the Red Sox may ask him to sort things out in the minors if he fails to demonstrate improvements in camp.
Chavis went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, five RBI, three runs and one walk in Sunday's win against the Red Sox.
Chavis set the tone for the Red Sox on Sunday with home runs off promising right-hander Deivi Garcia in the second and third innings. Although Boston put up 10 runs in the win, Chavis was the only player on the team with multiple RBI. The 25-year-old went 0-for-13 with five strikeouts over his past three games, but he came through with his best performance of the 2020 season Sunday.
Chavis is out of the lineup Thursday against the Marlins, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Chavis will head to the bench for the second time in the past three games after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday. Yairo Munoz receives the start in left field, batting seventh, in Thursday's series finale.
Chavis is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Chavis started the previous three games and went 3-for-10 with one homer and a stolen base. Yairo Munoz receives the start in left field for the series opener in Miami.
Chavis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Rays.
The third-inning blast was his third homer of the year, while the steal was also his third of the season -- in fact, Boston ran wild on the basepaths in this one, going 6-for-6 on SB attempts against the battery of Tyler Glasnow and Michael Perez. Through 31 games, Chavis is slashing .229/.274/.371 as he continues to fill a utility role for the Red Sox, splitting time between first base, second base and now left field.
Chavis will see more time in left field, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Chavis played his first game in left field Tuesday, and it went without incident. Between left field and second base, where there will be plenty of opportunities after Boston sent Jose Peraza to the alternate camp, Chavis could get daily appearances. That wasn't the case earlier in the season when Peraza received a greater share of the starts at second.
Chavis is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rays, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Chavis' playing-time situation becomes a little murky, as Yairo Munoz is back from a minor hip injury and Christian Arroyo appears to have taken over as the primary second baseman. As one of the team's prominent young position players, it seems likely he will still be in the lineup somewhat regularly going forward, perhaps moving around between left field, second base and first base. Chavis is hitting .222/.256/.250 with zero home runs and one steal over his last 10 games.
Chavis is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Chavis started in left field for the matinee, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout. Jose Peraza will start in left field for the nightcap, with Jonathan Arauz starting at the keystone.
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