The Red Sox have agreed to a minor-league deal with starter Jhoulys Chacin, multiple sources confirmed Saturday afternoon. The expectation is Chacin will join the major-league roster after rosters expand today.
Chacin, 31, is an 11-year major-league veteran who had a 3-10 record and 5.79 ERA in 19 starts for the Brewers this season. The righty was released Monday by Milwaukee and threw a bullpen in front of Sox evaluators Friday at Angel Stadium.
Chacin will give the Sox an innings-eater throughout September with lefty Chris Sale out for the season with an elbow injury. It’s unclear whether the team views Chacin as a starter or a reliever, as he made 12 relief appearances for the Angels two years ago.
The Sox have David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi in its rotation approaching a stretch of 10 games in 10 days, so it would make sense to install Chacin in the rotation. Later in September, when the schedule includes more off days, he may be used as a reliever.
Chacin owns a 4.00 ERA in 249 big-league appearances (221 starts) with the Rockies, Diamondbacks, Braves, Angels, Padres and Brewers. He had a 15-8 record and 3.50 ERA in 35 starts for Milwaukee last year.
“Usual, same stuff — slider, sinker, veteran guy, see where it takes us,” Cora said after Chacin’s tryout.
Dombrowski said Chacin looked good and that the Red Sox decided to fly him to California after one of their key scouts, Steve Peck, delivered a positive report while watching the righty at a workout in Arizona.
As for further additions when the Red Sox return to Fenway for games beginning Tuesday, much will depend on the performance of the ballclub in the series in California.
“Let’s gain ground and then talk about more people,” Cora said.
Andrew Benintendi, who missed the two games in Colorado and the last game in San Diego with soreness in his left side, was back in the lineup, hitting sixth and playing left field.
“He’s OK, swung the bat on Wednesday off the machine, so there’s no limitations, so he’ll be OK,” Cora said.
Pearce to appear
First baseman Steve Pearce, who has appeared in only 29 games this season because of an assortment of injuries, will likely join the club in presence, versus uniform, in September.
“He hasn’t been able to pass that hurdle — as you know, we’re running out of time with at-bats,” Cora said. “We’ll address it when we get back home. Most likely he’ll be around and we’ll go from there. ...
Chris Sale (left elbow) is scheduled to join the club at Fenway as well after being with his family in Naples, but with Hurricane Dorian barreling down on the state, his travel plans might not be set in stone.
“It seems like the path is going to be toward West Palm Beach — South Florida and southwest Florida seem like they’ll be OK,” Cora said. “He needs to be with his family and then we’ll fly him home.”
Hembree on mend
Cora said reliever Heath Hembree (elbow) has begun playing catch back in Boston and is “making strides, feeling better.” The club hopes to add to his workload and Cora said “there’s still a chance” he can pitch again this season. ...
The club held off on naming a starter for Saturday’s game, pending how extensively the bullpen would be used in Nathan Eovaldi’s start on Friday. David Price will start on Sunday. ...
By sitting idle Thursday, the Red Sox lost half a game in the wild card standings with the three teams ahead of them — Indians, A’s and Rays — all winning their games. The Red Sox began Friday 5 1/2 games behind the Indians and A’s, with the Rays one game behind the A’s.
Xander Bogaerts began the Angels series nine hits shy of 1,000 career hits. Assuming he reaches the plateau at some point this season, he would become the 32nd Red Sox to reach it but only the third to reach it before turning 27 years old. The other two: Tris Speaker and Bobby Doerr.
With another multi-home run game — he has five so far — Bogaerts would break a tie with Nomar Garciaparra (1999) for the most ever by a Red Sox shortstop.
Bogaerts has set a career high in homers (30), doubles (46) and extra-base hits, and has 100 runs scored and 100 RBI. No other big leaguer this season has 45-plus doubles, 30-plus homers, 100-plus RBI. The only other shortstops to do so in major league history are Alex Rodriguez (1996) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1991).
No other Red Sox shortstop has ever hit 25-plus homers and 45-plus doubles in one season. The only big league shortstop with 30-plus homers and 50-plus doubles in a season was Rodriguez in 1996. ...
The 59-49 Red Sox came to Anaheim winners of nine of their past dozen games. With a sweep of the Angels they could reach a season-high 13 games above .500. ...
Between Aug. 15 and after Sunday’s game, the Red Sox will have played a light stretch, just 14 games in 19 days. ...
Entering the Angels series, the Red Sox had hit 211 home runs and homered in each of their past 18 games, their third-longest streak in franchise history. They hit 22 consecutive in 2016, 19 consecutive 1996. They have hit a homer in 30 of their past 31 games, 51 of their past 55.
At this rate, the Red Sox are on pace to hit 255 homers, which would easily top their 2003 record 238. The Sox are on pace to hit 255 HR, which would break the franchise record of 238 set in 2003.