Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt felt the tightness in his left hamstring before he stepped on the field against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
But when he saw the chance to try to score on a Jackie Bradley Jr. single in the second inning of the Sox’s 6-1 loss, he still decided to chance it.
As he rounded third and raced to the plate to try to beat the throw from Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., he felt his hamstring grab. He was tagged out, crumpled at the plate, and was ultimately removed from the game in the third inning.
Holt got treatment during the game, and afterward manager Alex Cora described his status as day to day, adding that he would be evaluated Monday.
“It feels better,” Holt said. “It just had a little tightness. Just had a little grab there trying to score. It wasn’t anything where I was worried about it. It was just one of those kinds of things where I just kind of noticed it, and it tightened up.”
Holt has been a valuable plug-and-go player for the Sox since coming off the injured list May 27.
In 21 games, he’s hitting .366 with three doubles, a triple, a homer, and 14 RBIs, moving around the field and giving much-needed rest to banged-up teammates.
With that in mind, he said he hoped the injury wouldn’t cost him significant time.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who are playing through some stuff, so I’m hoping this won’t be more than a day or so. We’ll play it by ear. I feel better right now,” he said. “Treatment seemed to help, so hopefully I’ll stay off the IL.”
Last year, a hamstring strain landed Holt on the disabled list in April. He said this injury didn’t feel as severe.
“Last year, I knew I pulled it,” he said. “You kind of feel the difference. This time, I felt I was tight going into the game and just felt a little grab almost like a cramp. In Toronto [last season], whenever it happened, I knew that it was going to take a while to get better. But, yeah, this one, it felt like a little tightness, so hopefully it won’t take but a couple days to feel good.
Stroman fires back
The Red Sox have already had their issues with the celebrations of Toronto starter Marcus Stroman this season. This time it was NESN announcer Dennis Eckersley.
After Stroman struck out Eduardo Nunez to end the sixth inning, he let out a roar and glared at the Sox dugout. On the NESN telecast, Eckersley called Stroman’s celebrations “tired”. Stroman saw video of Eckersley’s commentary after the game and chimed in.
He tweeted, “His comments are always trash.”
When Twitter users began to weigh in, showing video of Eckersley’s celebrations drawing the ire of opponents, Stroman retweeted them. He added, “Hypocrite.”
Following the game, the Sox left all the comments to the way Stroman pitched over six shutout innings.
“He was good, he was really good,” Cora said.
When Stroman struck out Christian Vazquez in the fourth inning, Vazquez grinned and tipped his cap.
Betts a multi-hit
After drawing three walks Saturday, Mookie Betts put up his 21st multihit game of the season Sunday, going 2 for 4. It was the third time he’s gone for multiple hits in his past seven games.
“It’s interesting because he’s still dominating the strike zone,” Cora said. “He’s still swinging at strikes, but he’s not doing damage like he did last year in the strike zone.
“Whenever he finds it — and we felt like he was close two weeks ago, 10 days ago — it’s going to be fun again, because he’s still swinging at strikes. That’s the most important thing.
“He’s not chasing hits, and that’s when you get caught up when you’re, like, ‘I’ve got to get hits.’ Whenever he starts getting his hits, the on-base percentage is going to be over .400 and you get back on track.”
Wright back Tuesday
Steven Wright is on target to be activated Tuesday after pitching Saturday. He threw two scoreless innings in his fifth rehab appearance and won’t need another minor league outing . . . Steve Pearce (lower back strain) made another rehab appearance as a designated hitter with Triple A Pawtucket on Sunday. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. In six games between Pawtucket and Single A Lowell, Pearce is hitting .185 (17 for 92) with one homer, nine RBIs, and seven walks. He has struck out 31 times . . . Tyler Thornburg (right hip impingement) will throw Monday and Wednesday for the PawSox . . . Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) played catch from 90 feet again Sunday. He has yet to resume a throwing program . . . Mitch Moreland (right quad strain) isn’t taking swings yet, but he took ground balls . . . Rafael Devers (hamstring) took ground balls Sunday and is expected to return to the starting lineup tomorrow . . . The Sox honored their latest class of Red Sox Scholars with an on-field ceremony prior to the game. For 17 years, the Red Sox Foundation has worked with Boston Public Schools and charter schools to provide students with pathways to higher education with $10,000 scholarships. This ceremony featured 13 newly inducted seventh-graders, plus members of the program who graduated high school and college. The new scholars were accompanied on the field by Sox players.
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