Notebook: Red Sox place rookie INF Chavis on injured list (shoulder)

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis (23) makes a diving catch of a fly ball by Kansas City Royals' Hunter Dozier during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig hits an RBI double off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Jim Mone

  • Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers fields a ball hit by Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Cleveland. Santana was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt watches his one-run double in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday in Cleveland. AP

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

Associated Press
Published: 8/12/2019 10:04:59 PM

CLEVELAND — Michael Chavis played through the pain for as long as he could.

On Monday, the Red Sox rookie finally gave in.

Boston placed the versatile Chavis on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left shoulder he sustained recently while trying to make a diving catch.

One of the AL’s top first-year players, Chavis has 18 homers and 58 RBIs, second most to Mets slugger Pete Alonso among rookies. But he’s been in a slump, batting .156 (5 for 32) in his last 11 games, and the shoulder injury explains Chavis’ recent slide.

“It stinks,” said Chavis, adding the pain is most severe when the swings a bat. “I want to be out there and help the team, but if I can’t do my part it’s tough.”

Red Sox manager Alex Cora didn’t want to put a timetable on when Chavis will return. He won’t swing a bat for five or six days.

“It makes sense for him to get healthy,” Cora said. “He tried to play through it. It’s one of those things we have to manage now.”

The Red Sox also recalled right-hander Travis Lakins and infielder Marco Hernández from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The moves were announced before the Red Sox opened a three-game series at Progressive Field. The defending World Series champions have lost 11 of 14 and are 16½ games behind first-place New York in the AL East and 7½ back for a wild-card spot.

Chavis’ home run and RBI totals are the most by a Red Sox rookie since Ellis Burks hit 20 home runs with 59 RBIs in 1987. Chavis played first base (49 games), second (45), and third (five).

The 24-year-old Chavis said it’s important to stay upbeat while he’s out.

“If you get away from something you can clear your mind,” said the first-round pick in 2014. “I’m a positive person, so I’m trying to find a positive in all this. That’s one of the things I’m looking at.”

Indians’ Puig drops appeal of suspension

Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig has dropped the appeal for his three-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl when he was with Cincinnati.

Puig will begin serving his ban Monday night when the Indians, who have climbed back into a tie for first in the AL Central, open a three-game series against Boston.

Puig was disciplined for his involvement in the latest benches-clearing incident between the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30. The fracas began shortly after Puig was dealt to the Indians as part of a three-team trade that sent right-hander Trevor Bauer from Cleveland to Cincinnati.

The animated 28-year-old Puig is batting .357 with one homer and six RBIs in 11 games for Cleveland. He has given the Indians an infusion of power and energy, helping their surge to catch the Minnesota Twins.

Puig is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

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