As Danny Santana was going to retrieve a hard hit ball from Blue Jays’ catcher Wednesday night, he missed it, and fell to the ground in pain. The left fielder would be removed from the action.
Santana is headed to the 10-day injured list due to what was said to be a left groin strain, recalling outfielder/first baseman Franchy Cordero.
The #RedSox today placed INF/OF Danny Santana on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.
To fill Santana’s spot on the active roster, OF/1B Franchy Cordero was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 22, 2021
Manager Alex Cora hinted at an IL move after Wednesday’s win, saying Santana would likely be heading back to where he was just days ago — the switch-hitter had recently just recovered from a left quad strain.
Santana has hit just .171 (18-for-105) this season with Boston, to go along with four homers, a 47 wRC+, 13 RBIs, and a .554 OPS through 113 plate appearances. While not the best hitter, he has shown value when utilized all across the diamond, and has shown signs of life recently.
Cordero is being recalled after having a strong showing in Triple-A Worcester, after being sent down following a mark of a .171 batting average (17-for-95), .501 OPS, 33 wRC+, and just one homer across 34 games.
In 43 games (187 plate appearances), the 26-year-old has slashed .337/.419/.558 since his demotion to the WooSox, while blasting nine homers and driving in 29 runs, to go along with a 158 wRC+. He has also started at first base several times, and now has the ability to play there too, if need be.