The Red Sox have selected an outsider Jarren Duran to Triple-A Worcester, report Chris Cottilo of MassLive (Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe previously reported that Duran’s locker is empty, indicating such a move has taken place). This step opens the list place to return Trevor’s storywho has been activated from IL 10 days and is in the starting lineup for today’s game against the Rays.
While the move may be short-lived with the rosters set to expand to 28 in a few days, it would represent a disappointment for Duran, the consensus top 100 prospect going into the season. While not completely overmatched in the major leagues, Duran’s streak — .220/.283/.365 in 219 plate appearances — is well below the .305/.379/.531 star line he posted in Triple-A in the same sample. more or less the same.
Meanwhile, the combination of Duran’s demotion and Story’s return could have a cascading effect on the Red Sox lineup, likely pushing Enrique Hernandez for more regular duties in midfield and Christian Arroyo to first base, at least until Eric Hosmer return from injuryper Ian Browne of MLB.com). As well as offering a bit more defensive stability, Story’s return adds some much-needed potential strength to Alex Cora’s lineup cards, even as Story has limped to a career-worst .221/.289/.423 batting line in his freshman year in Boston.
Even if Story returns to its original form, the Red Sox will need a small miracle to salvage a disappointing season at Beantown. Despite high expectations and a hot start, the club has been beset by injuries to its pitching staff (including potential aces Chris Salewho suffer broken wrist in cycling accident just as he came back from a string of baseball-related injuries) and currently sits in last place in the AL East and 8 games behind the Mariners for the Americas League final wild card spot.
The Sox also face a somewhat uncertain future, with JD Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Wacha, Rich Hilland Hernandez ready to enter a free agency at the end of the season, with Xander Bogaerts effective key to use its opt-out clause and join them after pre-season extension talks fell through. Third Baseman rafael devers remains under team control until next season but will be a free agent thereafter, also a possibility given the similar stalemate reached between player and club in pre-season discussions.