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Red Sox Lineup Brings Great News on Kyle Schwarber

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Boston Red Sox starting lineup on Monday brings great news for Kyle Schwarber's injury update.
The Boston Red Sox starting lineup on Monday brings great news for Kyle Schwarber's injury update. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

While some have criticized the Boston Red Sox for only landing Kyle Schwarber at the eventful MLB trade deadline, it's important to remember he's an All-Star caliber player and a proven World Series winner. Plus, Schwarber hasn't really found his new groove in Boston thanks to a lingering hamstring injury.

On Monday, the Red Sox got some fantastic news on Schwarber's injury rehab, evident from the starting lineup. The slugging outfielder will be starting in left field on Monday afternoon and hitting second in the lineup. This is the first time he's started in the field since July 2.

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Schwarber came over from the Washington Nationals on Thursday, July 29. He actually didn't make his Red Sox debut until two weeks later on Aug. 13 and has been held to only playing DH since that activation.

All in all, this is a great sign for Schwarber's rehab. He's clearly healthy again and close enough to 100 percent to begin playing the field. Red Sox manager Alex Cora even suggested Schwarber may see some time on first base by Thursday of this week.

While Schwarber doesn't offer Gold Glove caliber defense, he's very reliable with a .980 career fielding percentage in the outfield and the ability to play both corner outfield spots. Cora's suggestion about Schwarber playing first base is quite a surprise too, as he's only seen one career game on 1B throughout his career.

At the end of the day, Schwarber is healthy and willing to do whatever to help the Red Sox get back in the postseason race. Boston is tied with the Oakland Athletics for the second American League Wild Card spot and trails the AL East division lead by 7.5 games. According to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, Boston holds +2500 odds to win the World Series.

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