The Boston Red Sox may be out of the playoff race, but they're still tinkering with their roster. The Red Sox recalled slugging first baseman Bobby Dalbec from Triple-A Worcester on Thursday ahead of Boston's four-game series with the New York Yankees.
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Dalbec is back in the majors after a brief stint in Triple-A. He was sent down on Sept. 4 to make room for rookie first baseman Triston Casas,
The demotion was a disappointing development for Dalbec, who struggled at the plate this year and was unable to hold down the first-base job as planned. He was hitting just .211/.282/.362 before being sent down, a far cry from last year's .240/.298/.494 batting line.
The 27-year-old corner infielder acquitted himself well in Triple-A, blasting 5 home runs in just 13 games to reclaim a spot in the big leagues. Dalbec has always been a streaky hitter, but the Red Sox hope his latest heater has restored his confidence and will carry over into the season's final weeks.
Boston would also appreciate it if Dalbec showed off some of that power against the team's archrivals in Yankee Stadium this weekend. At the very least, Dalbec might have a front-row seat to history if Aaron Judge breaks Roger Maris' American League record of 61 homers.
Dalbec and the Red Sox enter Thursday's clash as +130 underdogs, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.