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Red Sox makes interesting selection move after Triston Casas’ injury

The Boston Red Sox have had terrible luck with injuries at the beginning of the year.

Before the season even started, their big free agent acquisition, Lucas Giolito, suffered an elbow injury that required him to undergo Tommy John surgery. Boston has lost Trevor Story for the year and several players on the injured list, including Garrett Whitlock, Nick Pivetta, Tyler O’Neill, Vaughn Grissom, Romy Gonzalez and Isaiah Campbell. In addition, Rafael Dever has been sidelined in recent weeks due to shoulder and knee injuries.

On Saturday, things continued to deteriorate on the injury front for the Red Sox, as first baseman Triston Casas left the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning due to rib discomfort. Manager Alex Cora’s update made it seem like Casas was also likely to make a trip onto the injured list.

In response to this news, Boston called up catcher Tyler Heineman to Pittsburgh ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.

If Casas is placed on the injured list, Heineman, the player at the last position on the 40-man roster who is healthy and not yet with Boston, could take his spot on the roster. However, Heineman is not a first baseman and his addition would leave three catchers on the roster, along with Connor Wong and Reese McGuire.

Bobby Dalbec, meanwhile, will likely move to first base, leaving third base open for Pablo Reyes. Rob Refsnyder did some work at first base during his rehab assignment so he could fill in there if needed, but it would be far from ideal.

In 104 straight seasons with the Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins, Heineman hit .218 with a .579 OPS.