Red Sox place Brock Holt on 10-day injured list with scratched cornea

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The Red Sox made several moves on Saturday, shifting both second baseman Brock Holt and lefty reliever Brian Johnson to the 10-day injured list with a right scratched cornea and left elbow inflammation, respectively. In corresponding moves, infielder Tzu-Wei Lin and right-handed reliever Marcus Walden were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

While no further details were provided on the origin of Holt’s injury, it seems likely that he’ll miss at least a couple of weeks in recovery. The 30-year-old infielder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout during Friday’s 15-8 loss to the Diamondbacks and owns an underwhelming .063/.211/.063 batting line so far this season. He’s shared second base duties with veteran infielder (and occasional pitcher) Eduardo Nuñez, who may see additional time at the keystone in the days to come.

Johnson, 28, has also faced some issues in his first few appearances with Boston. He almost single-handedly tanked the Red Sox’ game on Friday after allowing seven runs over just 1 1/3 innings of work, and currently carries a 12.71 ERA through his first four outings of 2019. Given the nature of most elbow injuries, he may be held off the mound longer than the requisite 10 days.

The Red Sox have collectively struggled to contain opposing batters these past two weeks; through Friday, they rank dead last among major-league pitching staffs with a cumulative 7.18 ERA and 6.71 FIP.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.