Before last night’s game Alex Cora detailed his new plan to implement Jarren Duran as a regular in the starting lineup. That plan involves limiting Bobby Dalbec’s at-bats versus right-handed pitching to open up a role for Christian Arroyo at first base. Unfortunately, that plan was only in place for roughly two innings. Arroyo did a split early in the game while stretching to make an out. The issue was that Arroyo was not nearly flexible enough to do a split and was quickly taken out of the game.
After the game, Santana was activated from the IL and Arroyo was placed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. This will be Arroyo’s third stint on the IL this season. Meanwhile, it appears that Cora is sticking to his plan, replacing Arroyo with Santana. Dalbec will remain on the bench versus right-handed pitching, even with the injury to Arroyo. This is where Danny Santana comes in.
The Danny Santana to Boston experiment has been nothing short of a dumpster fire this season. He is hitting .167 with 3 HR, 10 RBI’s and a .522 OPS. He currently has a – 0.4 WAR, which means he would be more productive to the team if he had retired before the season started. With that said, he will have an opportunity to right the ship while Arroyo and Gonzalez heal up. I would have to imagine this will be Santana’s final chance to prove himself with the Boston Red Sox.
Details of Alex Cora’s Plan Can Be Found Here: