Boston’s Michael Chavis on shelf; Cleveland’s Yasiel Puig begins suspension

Michael Chavis played through the pain for as long as he could.

On Monday, the Boston rookie finally gave in.

The Red Sox placed Chavis on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder sprain sustained recently while trying to make a diving catch.

One of the AL’s top first-year players, Chavis has 18 homers and 58 RBIs, second most to Mets first baseman Pete Alonso among rookies. Chavis has been in a slump, batting .156 (5-for-32) in his past 11 games, and the shoulder injury explains his slide.

“It stinks,” said Chavis, adding the pain is most severe when he swings. “I want to be out there and help the team, but if I can’t do my part, it’s tough.”

Boston manager Alex Cora didn’t want to put a timetable on Chavis’ return. He won’t swing a bat for five or six days.

“It makes sense for him to get healthy,” Cora said. “He tried to play through it. It’s one of those things we have to manage now.”

The Red Sox also recalled right-hander Travis Lakins and infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Puig drops appeal: Cleveland outfielder Yasiel Puig has dropped the appeal for his three-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl when he was with Cincinnati.

Puig began serving his ban Monday night when the Indians won their series opener against Boston, pushing them a half-game ahead of the Twins for first place in the AL Central. Puig is 15-for-42 (.357) with one homer and six RBIs in 11 games for Cleveland.

Puig, 28, was disciplined for his involvement in the latest benches-clearing incident between the Reds and Pirates on July 30. The fracas began minutes after Puig was dealt to the Indians in a three-team trade.

Garrett also begins ban: From the same brawl that got Puig banned, Cincinnati left-hander Amir Garrett started serving his eight-game suspension for charging from the mound toward the Pittsburgh dugout. “It’s a long time. … I have confidence in my teammates that they will get the job done,” Garrett said. The Reds have only 24 players during the ban.

Briefly: The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of prospect Josh Rojas from Triple-A Reno. He was acquired last month in the deal that sent right-hander Zack Greinke to the Astros. To make room on the roster, Arizona designated utilityman Blake Swihart for assignment. … Washington’s Max Scherzer is expected to throw a simulated game Tuesday as he tries to get closer to returning from a back muscle injury. … Former Toronto shortstop Freddy Galvis was claimed on waivers by Cincinnati. Outfielder Billy McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Galvis’ spot with the Blue Jays.

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