In the top of the 7th inning of today’s Red Sox game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, LF Blake Swihart suffered an injury while trying to make an amazing play against the wall in the small left field foul territory of Fenway. He was replaced by SS/2B Marco Hernandez in LF.
That catcher turned left fielder is nails https://t.co/5qnJZwHujz
— Red (@SurvivingGrady) June 4, 2016
Swihart, who was the team’s third string catcher, was the second catcher to be taken out of the game due to injury. Just an inning before, Ryan Hanigan was pulled from the game with a neck strain. Swihart’s looked more serious, and he will likely miss some time. Hopefully, Hanigan will be able to make his next start when Wright pitches next week.
With the injury in the OF, the most logical solution will be to bring up Rusney Castillo. The Cuban OF will likely platoon with Chris Young in left field, but this is nothing the Red Sox should be excited about. He is batting .251 at AAA Pawtucket, and if he platoons we can expect to see a number around .259, his batting average against right-handed pitchers in AAA. He has shown little to no power in his career, thus far, so don’t expect anything more than one or two HRs, if that, while he is up in Boston.
As Red Sox fans, you should be hoping for Castillo to show something, and maybe a team that needs some help in the OF (Giants after Pence’s injury) is interested in taking him. Boston should be willing to eat a large percentage of that contract, and that will open more spots for Benentendi or Ryan Braun later on this season.
It is hard to deal with the fact that Swihart, who’s OBP is at .365 in Boston, will have to make rehab trip. He will likely not be able to be traded this season, especially if he is to miss significant time over the 15-Day DL.
If Hanigan’s neck strain causes him to go onto the DL, expect the Red Sox to call up Sandy Leon from AAA. Leon spent time with Boston last season and is a career .187 batter at the major league level. Thankfully, the rest of the lineup should be able to carry him in an appearance or two as the number eight or nine hitter.