Travis Shaw

With David Ortiz suspended, Travis Shaw makes big league debut vs. Blue Jays

John Tomase
May 08, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Travis Shaw will make his big league debut on Friday night in Toronto when the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays. With David Ortiz serving a one-game suspension, Shaw was summoned to start at first base and bat ninth, with cleanup hitter Mike Napoli shifting over to DH. The 25-year-old Shaw led all Red Sox minor leaguers in homers last year with 21. A ninth-round pick in 2011 out of Kent State, he is the son of former All-Star closer Jeff Shaw. He has gotten off to a slow start at Pawtucket this season, batting just .189 with two homers and a .556 OPS. He gets the start because Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez has limited right-handers to a .122 average, but lefties are hitting .340 with a 1.076 OPS against him. Shaw's stay will likely be short-lived. Once Ortiz returns from his one-game suspension for bumping an umpire, the Red Sox will probably look to add an arm to their bullpen following the designation for assignment of right-hander Edward Mujica, with hard-throwing Matt Barnes the likely choice. For more on this weekend's series with the Jays, here's a series preview, as well as a look at Friday night's matchups. 1. Mookie Betts CF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Pablo Sandoval 3B 4. Mike Napoli DH 5. Daniel Nava RF 6. Allen Craig LF 7. Blake Swihart C 8. Xander Bogaerts SS 9. Travis Shaw 1B Wade Miley, LHP