Alex Hassan’s major league dream is over for now.
Hassan was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday as the Boston Red Sox activated first baseman Mike Napoli off the 15-day disabled list. Hassan appeared in two games with the Red Sox in his first big league stint, going 1-for-7 with a walk, a run and five strikeouts.
Hassan, a Milton, Mass., native and graduate of Boston College High School, was called up before the Red Sox’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 30. The 26-year-old started in right field last Sunday against the Rays and Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.
Napoli returns to the Red Sox after missing 14 games with a sprained fourth finger on his left hand. He’s hitting .260 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a team-leading .390 on-base percentage this season. His return should boost the Red Sox’s struggling offense.
Napoli will play first base and bat fifth in Sunday’s series finale against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
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