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Red Sox activate Xander Bogaerts, place Brock Holt on disabled list

John Tomase
April 27, 2018 - 6:21 pm

The Red Sox on Friday activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the disabled list and placed infielder Brock Holt on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain.

Bogaerts has been sidelined since suffering a left ankle injury on April 9. Prior to the injury, he was off to a smoking-hot start, hitting .368 with two homers and nine RBIs. He'll bat fifth and play shortstop against Tampa Bay on Friday night. Might he pick up where he left off?

"That would be good," said manager Alex Cora. "That's why he's playing. Like I said before, I wasn't going to push him just to have his name in the lineup. I want him to feel comfortable and move around and feel that his pace is there. It's very important for him. We talked about it the whole spring and during the season. He was in a great place offensively. Not leaning over, he has great balance.

"He hit a home run the other day (on rehab assignment). I don't know what to make about it, but it was an opposite field home run. That's a good sign. He stayed on that pitch and he goes the other way. So he'll be fine. The good thing about him, we feel that there's going to be enough traffic around him that he'll put the ball in play and produce runs for us and it helps us out. At one point we had a lot of lefties in the lineup so now we can balance it out and be better against left-handed pitching."

Holt, meanwhile, had played quite well in his absence, batting .340 with a homer. The hope is that Holt's time on the DL will be short.

"I hate to say he'll be ready in eight days or six days or seven days," said manager Alex Cora. "But he won't be ready the next few days and where we're at, Xander coming back, we know about Eduardo (Nunez) giving off days for (Rafael) Devers. It's good for him. I've been saying all along, I need these guys to be close to 100 percent, so he'll get his time to recover and we'll keep (Tzu-Wei) Lin. He's going to help us out."