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2024 Batting

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Top Masataka Yoshida News

  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Still viewed as everyday DH

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said prior to Wednesday's 8-0 win over the Guardians that Yoshida is still viewed as the team's primary designated hitter, despite being on the bench for two straight matchups with right-handed starting pitchers, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. "He's an everyday DH, man," Cora said of Yoshida. "I don't know what the big deal is. [Tyler] O'Neill had to DH [on Tuesday]. [Rafael Devers] had to DH [on Wednesday]."

    Yoshida's consecutive absences from the lineup created some question regarding whether the 30-year-old was still viewed as an everyday player after struggling to a .250/.333/.375 slash line through the Red Sox's first 24 games of the season, but Cora dispelled the notion that Yoshida's role was being downsized. The skipper noted that the Red Sox's injury situation was largely responsible for Yoshida being excluded from the lineup, as O'Neill was limited to DH duties when he came off the 7-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's 4-1 loss, and Devers was eased back in as a DH on Wednesday after having not played in a week due to a bone bruise in his left knee. O'Neill returned to his usual spot in left field Wednesday, but Devers may need another day or two as a DH before the Red Sox clear him to play third base. Since the Red Sox aren't keen on having Yoshida play in the corner outfield, he could miss out on more starts until Devers is back at third base on a full-time basis.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Enters as pinch hitter

    Yoshida entered Tuesday's game as a pinch hitter and was hit by a pitch in a 4-1 loss to Cleveland.

    Yoshida was held out of the starting lineup against a righty, with Red Sox manager Alex Cora explaining that decision was more about getting Tyler O'Neill's bat in the lineup and less about Yoshida, per Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe. Yoshida will be back in the starting lineup Wednesday, per Cora.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Out against right-hander again

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Yoshida didn't start Tuesday, either, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora had indicated the 30-year-old would be back in the lineup Wednesday. That's not the case, as the lefty-hitting Yoshida is sitting out a second straight contest against a right-hander. According to Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican, Cora hasn't provided clarity whether Yoshida is dealing with an injury or is simply being held out of the lineup for performance-related reasons, as Yoshida is slashing just .250/.333/.375 over 21 contests this season. Rafael Devers will serve as Boston's designated hitter Wednesday while Yoshida remains on the bench.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Not starting Tuesday

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game at Cleveland, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Yoshida sat Sunday against a left-handed starter and is on the bench again Tuesday with righty Ben Lively on the mound for the Guardians. Tyler O'Neill (concussion) is back from the injured list and starting at designated hitter.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Slugs second homer

    Yoshida went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Pirates.

    The 30-year-old outfielder took Mitch Keller deep in the sixth inning for Boston's final runs. Yoshida has only two homers on the season, but they've both come in his last five games. On the campaign, he's slashing .250/.325/.375 with nine runs and 10 RBI in 20 contests.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Sitting in second straight

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Guardians, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    The lefty-hitting Yoshida now finds himself out of the lineup for the second day in a row, with both absences coming against right-handed pitchers. While the Red Sox haven't indicated that Yoshida is dealing with an injury, the consecutive absences as Boston has played shorthanded in Cleveland with both Tyler O'Neill (forehead) and Rafael Devers (knee) missing time suggests the 30-year-old might be banged up to some degree. Even if the Red Sox don't provide an update on Yoshida following Thursday's game, fantasy managers will still want to keep tabs on his status heading into this weekend's series in Pittsburgh.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Resting Wednesday

    Yoshida isn't in the Red Sox's lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Yoshida will get a chance to clear his head Wednesday after going 0-for-10 across the first two games of the series. His absence will move Rafael Devers into the DH spot while Pablo Reyes starts at third base and bats eighth.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Not in lineup Saturday

    Yoshida isn't in Boston's lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Yoshida will get a day off Saturday despite putting together a three-game hitting streak and recording a hit in seven of his first eight games. Bobby Dalbec will fill in as the Sox's DH and bat fifth.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Heads to bench Tuesday

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Athletics, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.

    Yoshida has reached base in all five games this season but is hitting just .211 with a .581 OPS in 22 plate appearances. He'll take a seat Tuesday while Triston Casas serves as the designated hitter and Bobby Dalbec starts at first base.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Seeing time in OF

    Yoshida started in left field and went 1-for-4 in Saturday's spring game against Minnesota.

    Yoshida, who is expected to serve as the primary designated hitter this season, has started in left field five times in his last six spring games. That's partially due to Tyler O'Neill's lingering calf issue. O'Neill has not played the field since March 14, although the team believes he'll be ready for full duty by Opening Day, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Yoshida is 9-for-44 (.205) with five doubles, a home run and six RBI over 16 spring games.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Underwent jaw surgery last fall

    Yoshida revealed recently that he underwent surgery last fall on his jaw to correct temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

    It's an issue which Yoshida had for a few years and led to headaches and other discomfort. He now feels much better after the procedure. Yoshida noted that it affected him more with everyday tasks and not necessarily while he was playing baseball, but it can't hurt his outlook now that he's more comfortable. He's slated to be Boston's primary designated hitter this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-8, 192 lbs
Birthplace: Fukui, Japan
Age: 30
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R