On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox made some roster changes as they placed outfielder Alex Verdugo on the bereavement list and catcher Reese McGuire on the 10-day injured list.
Alex Verdugo, 27, has been performing exceptionally well with a 12-game hitting streak, going 20-for-53 (.377) at the plate. So far this season, he has a batting average of .303, with five home runs and 31 RBIs in 71 games. Throughout his career, which includes stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017-19) and Red Sox, Verdugo has maintained a batting average of .289 with 49 home runs and 232 RBIs across 580 games.
Reese McGuire suffered a right oblique strain while swinging the bat in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. As a result, he had to leave the game and was replaced by Connor Wong. McGuire, 28, has been hitting .267 with 11 RBIs in 40 games this season. Throughout his career, spanning the Toronto Blue Jays (2018-21), Chicago White Sox (2022), and Red Sox, McGuire has a batting average of .258 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 270 games.
In addition to these changes, the Red Sox made other roster moves. They called up catcher Caleb Hamilton and left-hander Brandon Walter from Triple-A Worcester, and acquired right-hander Taylor Scott from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. Furthermore, the team transferred infielder Yu Chang and right-hander John Schreiber to the 60-day injured list.
Caleb Hamilton, 28, has been batting .180 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games this season for Worcester.
Brandon Walter, 26, has had a challenging season with Worcester, going 1-5 with a 6.28 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). During his major league debut, he pitched 6⅔ innings against the Minnesota Twins, allowing three earned runs and six hits in a 6-0 loss for the Red Sox. Despite some difficulties, Walter expressed satisfaction with his overall performance, aiming to provide length and stability to the team.
The Red Sox protected Brandon Walter from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the team’s 40-man roster in November.
Taylor Scott, 31, has pitched six innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, allowing six runs.