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Boston’s Offense Needs To Support Chris Sale Or Risk Losing Him

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Tuesday nights game against the Minnesota Twins highlighted a growing trend turned nightmare for ace pitcher Chris Sale. Game after game, Sale takes the mound and shuts down the opposition, handing the game back to the offense with a neatly tied bow.

And game after game he watches Boston squander the opportunity to add another win to the column, as the Sox fail to provide any run support to one of the best pitchers in the league.

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So, how should he feel about a team that has so far this season left him hanging with an L more times than not? 

When asked by NESN in February what he planned on doing for his next contract when the time arrived, he seemed to be focused on making the best of the Red Sox for the time being. “I am not an agent. I am not an owner. I am not a general manager, so I know basically nothing about contracts,” he said.  “If and when that happens, all of them can take care of that. I am worried about baseball.”

As far as Alex Cora is concerned, Sale does not seem to be outwardly upset, but inwardly, it’s tough to imagine that he isn’t thinking of the moves he plans to make when free agency comes at the end of next season.

Of course, it is only late June and we have no possible idea what the 2019 season will look like, but its safe to assume that as of now, Sale realizes he is not getting the platform he deserves as a pitcher.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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