The Boston Red Sox will be without one of their most clutch performers to kick off the 2019 season.
According to manager Alex Cora, reigning World Series MVP Steve Pearce will be on the injured list to start the season as he's dealing with a calf injury.
World Series MVP Steve Pearce will Open season on DL, #Redsox manager Alex Cora announces— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 26, 2019
While this is a significant blow to the Sox, they have the depth and the talent in their lineup to make up for the lost production. After all, Pearce wasn't even on the roster until late June when Bost acquired him from Toronto.
It remains unclear just how long Pearce will be sidelined, and whether or not he will need more than the required 10-day absence.
Sam Travis would take place of Steve Pearce (calf) on roster if Pearce isn’t ready. Decision expected Tuesday.— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) March 25, 2019
It is believed that utility man Sam Travis will be called upon to replace Pearce on the roster for the time being.
Travis, 25, has seen major league action in each of the past two seasons, playing in 52 games for Boston during that span. He's slashed a career line of .250/.306/.357 with 1 homer and 8 RBI across 112 at-bats.
Boston fans will be hoping that their World Series hero will be back before long, ready to embark on his first full season with the team.