Christian Arroyo was in too much sore to start Wednesday’s game. In last Tuesday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the versatile Arroyo slid to first base on a failed quest for an infield hit.
By Wednesday, he had sore back and knee and was too sore to play. With Xander Bogaerts and Tommy Pham already out with back injuries, Red Sox manager Alex Cora rearranged their lineup in a unique way, which gave Bobby Dalbec’s first career start at shortstop:
So why shortstop Dalbec instead of of the birthday boy Kiké Hernández, who celebrated his 31st birthday starting at second base? Hernandez has made 61 career starts for him as a shortstop. This was Dalbec’s first.
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He’s played that side most of the time in the at-bat, so I know we always talk about him playing second base in an emergency, but you have to make double plays, you have to do all those things, so I asked him if he’s comfortable on that side and we go with him shortly”.
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