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Brock Holt returns to Boston — for MRI on shoulder

Brock Holt hasn’t played since April 5 because of an eye injury.Elaine Thompson/AP/Associated Press

Brock Holt will return from his rehab assignment with Triple A Pawtucket, but not because he’s ready to play.

Holt had been on the injured list with a scratched right cornea, but returned before his assignment was scheduled to be over because of right shoulder inflammation. He is still on the injured list.

Holt will have a doctor’s appointment in Boston on Tuesday after flying back from Buffalo, where the PawSox were playing. Manager Alex Cora said the soreness just showed up.

“They’re going to check on him [Tuesday],” Cora said before the Red Sox’ 9-4 victory over the A’s. “He was playing catch. He did everything here [before the assignment] and he was fine. Just regular soreness like in spring training, something that he went through last year. [Sunday] he tried to play catch and it was a different feeling so he will see the doctor tomorrow morning and see where he’s at.”

Holt began this rehab stint Friday, going 1 for 3 with three walks. The PawSox were rained out Saturday and Holt was scheduled to start Sunday until the soreness popped up.


He’s one of three Red Sox infielders on the IL, the others being Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez, who began a rehab stint with Pawtucket on Monday.

Nunez DH’d Monday and went 0 for 4. He went on the 10-day injured list with a back strain April 18.

Holt suffered his eye injury on Opening Day when his 2-year-old son scratched him. He went on an earlier rehab assignment but had it stopped after one game to give his eye more time to heal. He was expected to make his Red Sox return soon, but it’s unclear how the shoulder soreness will affect that timetable.

Devers on defensive

Rafael Devers has struggled defensively this season and, in general, his problems haven’t been with making the big plays. Devers is struggling with the routine.


The latest example was Sunday, when he booted a double-play ball in the second inning that wound up costing the Red Sox two runs. Had Devers turned it, the inning would have been over. Instead, Tampa Bay got another at-bat and Yandy Diaz hit a two-run triple. Devers has committed eight errors at third this season.

Even though it seems to be simpler plays Devers is struggling with, Cora said he doesn’t think the problem is one of focus or some other mental issue.

“I can’t get into his mind but I do feel he’s in tune with the game,” Cora said. “He’s paying attention, he’s always looking to the dugout. He’s got his card, looking at it. So, it’s just one of those. We have to figure it out, obviously, but if the process stays the same we expect a good defensive player, a more consistent player. Because I don’t think he’s horrible defensively, it’s just we need that consistency. He needs to make the routine play.”

Workout for Pedroia

Pedroia ran the bases before the game and hit off a pitching machine so he could face higher velocity. The second baseman, who is on the IL with inflammation in his left knee, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Double A Portland on Thursday. “The goal is for him to go Wednesday and start playing on Thursday, so they’ll map it out, they’ll go back and forth see what makes sense, what doesn’t make sense, how he feels and we’ll be able to have a decision and we’ll go from there,” Cora said . . . Oakland placed first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha on the injured list with a sprained right wrist and recalled lefthanded reliever Ryan Buchter from Triple A . . . Cora said he hasn’t decided if he’ll go when the Red Sox visit the White House next Thursday. “I’ll let you guys know when I decide,” he said.


Nora Princiotti can be reached at nora.princiotti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @NoraPrinciotti.