Two days after putting Triston Casas on the IL, the Crimson Sox have shut down the rookie from baseball actions, the staff confirmed to reporters (together with Pete Abraham and Alex Speier of The Boston Globe). With solely 12 video games remaining on the schedule for Boston, this seemingly marks the tip of the younger first baseman’s season.
The staff continues to be ready for MRI outcomes, however they don’t but have any purpose to consider the harm is extra critical than the preliminary prognosis of “proper shoulder irritation.” Nonetheless, they’re selecting to play issues protected with the 23-year-old slugger. Whereas the Crimson Sox aren’t but mathematically eradicated, their postseason chances are high past slim. Sitting 8.5 video games again of a Wild Card berth with 12 to play, FanGraphs has their playoff odds under 0.1%. Thus, the membership has little have to rush one in every of their brightest younger gamers again from harm.
If certainly he doesn’t play one other recreation, Casas will end with 502 plate appearances, giving him simply sufficient to qualify for the batting title. He at the moment ranks first amongst certified AL rookies in OPS and wRC+, though the red-hot Gunnar Henderson might surpass him in both class earlier than the 12 months is up.
Bobby Dalbec began at first base on Sunday rather than Casas, and he’s slated to start out once more this night. The 28-year-old can have an opportunity to make a superb impression over the subsequent two weeks, as he tries to work his means again into a daily position with the large league membership. After a disappointing 2022 season with Boston, he has spent a lot of 2023 at Triple-A. The righty batter has performed properly for the Worcester Crimson Sox (.938 OPS in 114 video games) however has been blocked on the MLB stage for a lot of the season.