Red Sox Place First Baseman On IL; Is No. 2 Prospect On The Way?

Not surprisingly, first baseman Eric Hosmer hasn't had much of an impact on the Boston Red Sox since coming over at the trade deadline. So when he was placed on the 10-day injured list today, BoSox fans everywhere were seeing it as an opening to call up the team's No. 2 prospect, Triston Casas.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, however, has thrown cold water on those hopes.

"He hasn't played this year. He didn't play last year. That's the way I see it," said Cora, who needs a bit of fact-checking. "He's still developing. That's my opinion. He needs to get his reps, keep getting his reps, and keep getting better. He was off for three months. So I think that's part of the equation. We haven't talked about that recently."

To set the record straight, Casas actually got in 371 plate appearances last year across AA and AAA, and posted a .279 average with an .877 OPS along with 14 home runs. This season at Triple-A, he's got 270 plate appearances, and has an .825 OPS with 9 home runs. 

And that "three months" he was off? Actually, just under two months, with an ankle sprain. 

As for Hosmer? Cora is hoping it'll be a short stay on IL. The veteran first baseman is hitting just .225 in 12 games with the Red Sox, with 0 homers and 4 RBIs. 

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