News: Hanigan (hand) is scheduled to resume throwing next week, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: After undergoing surgery to repair a fractured right hand in early May, Hanigan was generally expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break, but it appears he's progressing faster than anticipated. The Red Sox placed Hanigan on the 60-day DL retroactive to May 1, so the soonest he'll be eligible to return would be in early July.
News: Holt (hand) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Impact: Holt lost feeling in his left hand Sunday, and manager John Farrell later described it as a nerve issue, but the team has not said explicitly that his absences from the lineup Monday and Tuesday are related. It's entirely possible, but it's also possible Holt is able to play but simply the odd man out with Pablo Sandoval back from a knee injury and Rusney Castillo now up playing right field. Regardless, Holt should be considered day-to-day until he returns to action.
News: Swihart is out of the lineup Tuesday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: Swihart has been a relative zero offensively since his promotion, slashing .193/.220/.246. It is not uncommon for rookie catchers to struggle at the plate, so expectations should be tempered over his next couple seasons. Sandy Leon will get the start behind the dish for the Red Sox on Tuesday.
News: Ortiz was moved down to fifth in Boston's lineup Tuesday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: The last time Ortiz hit as low as fifth in the order was in 2012 when Bobby Valentine was the manager. Pablo Sandoval will hit third and Hanley Ramirez will hit cleanup Tuesday. Ortiz, who is hitting just .221 with six homers could remain outside of the top four spots in the order until his bat gets hot.
News: Manager John Farrell said there have been discussions "off and on" with Sandoval about the idea of giving up on switch-hitting, the Boston Globe reports. The third baseman is hitting .049 (2-for-41) batting right-handed this season.
Impact: Going back to the start of the 2014 season, Sandoval is hitting .172 right-handed, so it was interesting to see him go left-on-left as a pinch-hitter over the weekend (he singled). Ultimately, Farrell said the decision's up to the player, but you got to think the manager is secretly hoping for Sandoval to make the switch to batting left-handed solely given his recent track record.
News: Barnes pitched 3.1 scoreless innings Monday in relief of an ineffective Joe Kelly. He permitted five hits and struck out five while tossing a season-high 58 pitches.
Impact: Barnes has managed to get outs when needed, but has walked a dangerous line, having allowed 14 hits and four walks in 10 innings. The 58 pitches suggests Barnes could possibly be a fill-in starter should the Red Sox decide to skip Kelly's next turn.
News: Manager John Farrell said there's been "no decision here in this moment" when asked if Kelly will remain in the starting rotation following Monday's loss to the Twins, the Boston Globe reports. Kelly allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, inflating his season ERA to 6.24, eighth highest in baseball.
Impact: Monday was the shortest start of Kelly's career and it was the fifth time in nine starts this season he's allowed five or more earned runs. As for now, Kelly's the scheduled starter this coming Saturday against the Rangers, against whom Kelly allowed two runs in seven innings last week. If the Red Sox were to make a switch, Matt Barnes, who pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of Kelly, would be a candidate.