Enrique Hernandez heads to injured list, Michael Chavis called up


Michael Chavis has gotten the call.

The infielder who turned in perhaps the most impressive spring training of any Red Sox player has been summoned from Triple-A Worcester to replace Enrique Hernandez on the 26-man roster. Hernandez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right hamstring.

Hernandez injured his leg while legging out a first-inning double Thursday, leaving the game after reaching third one batter later.

The leadoff hitter's absence is not only going to necessitate someone else manning the top of the batting order, but will force some shifting in Alex Cora's defensive alignment.

With Christian Arroyo still recovering from a sore hand after being hit by a pitch, Chavis figures to be a regular option at second base, with Marwin Gonzalez also available at the spot. Alex Verdugo figures to get the priority of playing time in center field, where Hernandez was getting the majority of his playing time.

Chavis had gone 1-for-7 with Worcester in its first two games of the season, having appeared in one major-league game as a pinch-runner during the Red Sox' April 10 win at Camden Yards.

Chavis, who was already with the Red Sox in Baltimore as a member of the taxi squad, hit six home runs in Grapefruit League action, finishing spring training with an .892 OPS.