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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Kenley Jansen was called upon to protect a three-run lead during Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander immediately allowed a leadoff double to Yandy Diaz. After that, Jansen settled down and struck out the next three batters to record his 12th save of the season. The 35-year-old continues to be one of the more reliable closers in the MLB. Fantasy managers should continue to roster him in all formats.
The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Rob Refsnyder to a one-year, $1.85 million contract extension on Saturday. The deal includes a $2 million team option for 2025. The 32-year-old is earning $1.2 million this year and is currently hitting a strong .284 with a .408 on-base percentage, .383 slugging percentage, .791 OPS, a homer, five doubles, 13 runs scored, 17 RBI, 15 walks and 21 strikeouts in 33 games (98 plate appearances). He's been especially useful against lefties, going 19-for-52 (.365) with a homer, three doubles and 13 RBI against them. Refsnyder can also play the infield and gives the Red Sox plenty of lineup versatility. He's a better real-life asset than a fantasy one, but he's been useful in AL-only leagues and DFS when facing a lefty.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (shoulder) landed on the 15-day injured list on Friday after exiting his last start because of soreness. Unfortunately, the issue could be more severe, with the left-hander indicating he will undergo further testing. "I've got something going on in my shoulder," Sale said. "I think I have a couple more tests I have to go through until we get a definitive answer. But still, obviously not the situation you want to be in, for sure." The multi-time All-Star has gone 5-2 in 11 starts with a 4.58 ERA this season. However, considering Sale missed plenty of games over the years due to injuries, fantasy managers aren't expecting a positive update when the time comes.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (shoulder) was removed early during Thursday's start versus the Cincinnati Reds. The left-hander was taken out in the fourth inning due to left shoulder soreness. He underwent an MRI on Friday which revealed left shoulder inflammation, so the Red Sox will shut down Sale for a few weeks. It's unclear how long Sale is going to be sidelined, which is obviously frustrating. In a corresponding move, Corey Kluber has been activated from the paternity leave list. He figures to move into the starting rotation with Sale sidelined. However, Kluber has been awful thus far, so fantasy managers can continue to avoid him.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Corey Kluber has been activated from the paternity leave list on Friday. The veteran right-hander has been away from the team for the last couple of days. It appears he's ready for the weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays, but his role is unclear. The right-hander was recently demoted to the bullpen after his rough start to the season. However, the 37-year-old might be asked to take the ball for one of the games during Saturday's doubleheader. Regardless, Kluber doesn't have much fantasy appeal right now.