Steve Pearce exits game against Yankees with back spasms

Rob Bradford
May 31, 2019 - 8:01 pm

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox first base depth just got even thinner.

Steve Pearce was forced to exit the Red Sox' game against the Yankees Friday night prior to the bottom of the second inning due to back spasms. Taking his place at first base was Michael Chavis. Pearce was deemed day-to-day.

The Red Sox already took a hit at the position earlier in the week when Mitch Moreland (back) went on the injured list.

While Brock Holt would be next in line to man first base, options at Triple-A Pawtucket include Josh Ockimey and Sam Travis. Travis, who would be the most likely candidate to get a call if needed considering he is on the 40-man roster, is hitting .252 with a .735 OPS with three home runs. Ockimey is an intriguing power prospect, having totaled 12 homers and a .945 OPS despite hitting just .222. Ockimey's defense is also considered somewhat of a concern.

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