Kevin Plawecki was pulled from Sunday’s game between the Red Sox and Royals with left hamstring tightness, and will be placed on the 10-day injured list. Connor Wong, one of three players the Red Sox acquired in the Mookie Betts trade, will be called up for Tuesday’s game in Tampa Bay against the Rays – Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Plawecki this season has slashed .254/.319/.349, hitting one homer to go along with his three RBIs, seven runs, 12 singles, three doubles, and five walks through 26 games, and 70 plate appearances (85 wRC+, .298 wOBA, .333 wOBA).
Wong, in his injury-plagued season, slashing .148/.188/.245 to go along with three doubles, as well as a homer across 16 games, and 64 plate appearances. As noted by the Providence Journal’s Bill Koch, the right-handed bat is one of two catchers on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster that’s not in the majors – the other is Ronaldo Hernandez.
The 25-year-old catcher was acquired in the Mookie Betts/David Price trade, as one of three pieces the Red Sox received. The other two were Alex Verdugo and top prospect Jeter Downs. Wong ranks as the 17th prospect in the Red Sox system on soxprospects.com, as well as the top catching prospect. He also has the ability to play some second base.
Cotillo also stated that Wong will be in the majors for only the amount of time Plawecki is on the IL – the amount of time Plawecki will spend on it is unknown.