When the Red Sox acquired Adalberto Mondesi from Kansas City this previous offseason, they understood he won’t be prepared for Opening Day. The electrical shortstop was nearly a yr faraway from struggling a torn ACL in his left knee, however the hope was earlier than lengthy his velocity and explosiveness might change into a game-breaking asset.
Recovering that explosiveness, nevertheless, has confirmed a a lot slower course of than anticipated.
Though Mondesi has not skilled any setbacks and his surgically repaired knee continues to be structurally sound, he isn’t near a return and isn’t anticipated to start a rehab project within the close to future.
Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora stated that whereas Mondesi is making progress, it has typically include suits and begins.
“There are going to be good days and bad days, we’ve got to make sure when the bad days happen it’s ‘hey you’re fine structurally, you’re good,’ ” Cora stated. “It’s just part of the process so be patient and we’ll keep moving on.”
Acquired from Kansas City in alternate for left-hander Josh Taylor this previous offseason, the Red Sox made a guess that Mondesi might give the membership the kind of dynamic athleticism its not often had in recent times.
Since making his MLB debut at age 20 throughout the 2015 World Series, Mondesi has constantly ranked among the many quickest gamers in baseball. He’s led the majors in each triples (10, 2019) and stolen bases (24, 2020), and between 2018 and 2020 he swiped 99 baggage, essentially the most in baseball throughout that stretch.
The drawback has all the time been sturdiness. Throughout his profession Mondesi has ceaselessly battled damage and has solely topped 100 video games in a season as soon as in 2019. The following yr he additionally performed 59 of 60 video games throughout the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, however the two years since have been rife with setbacks, essentially the most vital being the season-ending knee damage he suffered April 28 final yr whereas breaking for second on a stolen base try.
Given that historical past and the extent of stress his model of play places on his physique, getting back from the torn ACL has been significantly difficult.
“Right now he is explosive but not at the level he’s used to. Maybe that’s what’s holding him back,” Cora stated. “He was here, MRIs and all that stuff, structure is great, progressing well. Now just keep pushing, pushing, pushing and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Mondesi is technically eligible to come back off the 60-day injured record on May 29, however on the charge issues are going it’s unlikely he’ll be activated anytime quickly.
Reyes known as up, Dalbec optioned
The Red Sox shook up their center infield depth on Saturday, including just lately acquired utility participant Pablo Reyes to the massive league roster whereas optioning Bobby Dalbec to Triple-A.
Acquired from the Oakland Athletics for money concerns on Friday, Reyes has performed everywhere in the diamond all through his 4 large league seasons. While he’s anticipated to primarily play within the center infield in Boston, Cora stated they will use Reyes in quite a lot of late-game conditions and that his versatility and veteran expertise have been among the many the reason why they preferred him.
“We know Bobby can make plays but he doesn’t have experience up the middle,” Cora stated. “Towards the end of the game, not that I was hesitant but I feel more comfortable with a guy that’s played the position before.”
Reyes batted ninth in his Red Sox debut on Saturday and doubled in his first at bat. Prior to the commerce he was batting .257 with one house run in 21 video games for Triple-A Las Vegas. Entering this weekend he had appeared in 148 large league video games with Pittsburgh (2018-19) and Milwaukee (2021-22), batting .238 for his MLB profession.
Crawford, Rodriguez close to return
Right-hander Kutter Crawford (left hamstring pressure) threw stay batting observe at Fenway Park on Saturday and is predicted to make a rehab look alongside righty Garrett Whitlock on Tuesday in Worcester.
Cora stated the hope is he’ll throw three innings and if all goes effectively he’ll be activated forward of the membership’s upcoming west coast highway journey on Friday.
Whitlock (proper elbow ulnar neuritis) will make at the very least two rehab begins, first on Tuesday and subsequent on Sunday. If these go effectively Cora stated they are going to determine what their subsequent strikes shall be.
Left-hander Joely Rodriguez (proper indirect pressure) threw 1.1 innings in what may very well be his closing rehab outing on Saturday in Portland. He allowed one hit, a solo house run off the bat of North Andover native and former St. John’s Prep star Max Burt, and struck out two.
Christian Arroyo (proper hamstring pressure) swung the bat throughout Crawford’s stay BP. Cora stated he’s progressing effectively and must be again quickly, however won’t fairly be prepared as soon as he’s eligible to be activated on Wednesday.
Trevor Story (proper elbow rehab) threw as much as 75 ft on Friday and has continued swinging the bat. Yu Chang (left hamate fracture) is out of his forged and is hitting off the tee. Adam Duvall (proper wrist fracture) can also be out of each his forged and splint however isn’t hitting but.