Michael Chavis

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Red Sox announce cuts and reassignments, including injured top prospect Michael Chavis

John Tomase
March 11, 2018 - 11:05 am

The Red Sox announced a series of roster moves on Sunday morning.

Per their official release, left-handed pitchers Jalen Beeks and Williams Jerez and right-handed pitchers Ty Buttrey and Chandler Shepherd were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, while seven players were reassigned to minor league camp: catcher Austin Rei; infielders Michael Chavis and Esteban Quiroz; outfielders Jeremy Barfield and Steve Selsky; and right-handed pitchers Kyle Martin and Fernando Rodriguez Jr.

The most recognizable name on that list is Chavis, the top prospect who has been out since last month with an oblique injury.

"He wasn't able to perform. But he learned a lot over the course of whatever we've been here as far as work ethic, showing up on time, do your work, and actually he'll be fine," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters in Florida. "Sometimes, spring training, yeah, the experience you get on the big field helps. But I think the experience he had in that clubhouse, just being around the guys and seeing how they work, is going to benefit him."

And as for his rehab?

"He's moving along," Cora told reporters. "He took swings off the tee and soft toss, so he should be fine soon. Very happy with the progress. He worked. He worked hard. And he learned that at this level, you have to work hard at your craft. Talent, it's not enough. You've got to do something extra, and he did. And he put himself in a position where he can start performing soon."

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