June 25, 2024

The Boston Red Sox, aiming for a competitive edge in 2024, face an early setback as second baseman Vaughn Grissom contends with a groin strain, potentially jeopardizing his availability for Opening Day, as reported by Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Manager Alex Cora confirms Grissom’s injury status, raising doubts about his readiness for the season opener.

The 23-year-old Grissom, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Chris Sale to the Atlanta Braves, holds significant promise for the Boston Red Sox in 2024. His development storyline looms large for the team, with the potential to become a cornerstone player for the organization.

Grissom made his MLB debut with the Braves in 2022 and has seen action at the major league level over the past two seasons. In 2022, he played 41 games and boasted a .291 batting average. Despite appearing in only 23 games in 2023, he maintained a .280 average. Questions surrounding his shortstop abilities led Atlanta to secure Orlando Arcia long-term, prompting the Red Sox to utilize Grissom at second base, with Trevor Story taking over shortstop duties.

In Grissom’s absence, the Red Sox are expected to turn to Enmanuel Valdez at second base. Acquired in a 2022 trade with the Houston Astros, Valdez has seen playing time for the Red Sox in the past two seasons.

Boston’s last-place finish in the American League East in the previous season, coupled with current projections, suggest another challenging season ahead for the team.

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