As the Boston Red Sox open a two-game series against the Mets in New York, their lineup is without Alex Verdugo or Christian Arroyo.
One player, as manager Alex Cora relayed pregame, is more available than the other.
Verdugo was a late scratch ahead of Boston’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday due to a tight hamstring and some slippery conditions that could have tweaked it further. Cora insinuated the outfielder also would sit the first game against the Mets, but more because of the matchup against a lefty pitcher than anything.
Cora on Tuesday said Verdugo is “good to go” against the Mets off the bench.
As for Arroyo, the infielder also is available in New York, but not likely to play after taking a 93 mph fastball to his wrist Sunday against Seattle. He was evaluated and had X-rays after the game, which came back negative.
“Arroyo is a bit banged up, he’s sore,” Cora said. “He’s available but only for a perfect situation but we’d rather stay away from him.”
Of course, the rules of the National League –pitchers hit and there’s no designated hitter– might complicate things.
The Red Sox and Mets get going at 7:10 p.m. ET.