Michael Chavis goes 0-for-3 in his first rehab start at Pawtucket

Justin Leger

Michael Chavis is nearing a return to the Boston Red Sox lineup.

The rookie began his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on Friday night by playing five innings at first base and going 0-for-3 at the plate against Buffalo. He was placed on the injured list on Aug. 12 with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.

Following what was a scorching-hot start to his inaugural campaign, Chavis has seen his fair share of struggles at the plate. The 24-year-old's issues with the high fastball have contributed to him having one of the highest strikeout rates in the league at 33.3 percent (127 Ks in 382 plate appearances). "The Ice Horse" will look to come back healthy and finish the season strong for a Red Sox team that's fighting just to clinch a playoff berth.

Chavis is hitting .254 with 18 HR and 58 RBI in 95 games this year.

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