|Red Sox' Masataka Yoshida underwent offseason surgery to fix issue with jaw. Masataka Yoshida underwent surgery in the offseason to deal with an uncommon issue. The Red Sox outfielder confirmed a report out of Japan that he had jaw surgery following the 2023 season as he reportedly dealt with temporomandibular joint disorder. “You use your jaw to chew and to eat, so it was kind of constant with me,” Yoshida told reporters through an interpreter Sunday of the pain he experienced with his jaw. “Less stress, obviously, could be positive,” Yoshida added.
|Red Sox' Masataka Yoshida confirms winter jaw surgery, thinks it'll help in '24. Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida confirmed Sunday that he underwent previously unreported jaw surgery shortly after the end of last season — and that he hopes the procedure helps him feel more comfortable on the field in his second year as a big leaguer. Manager Alex Cora believes Yoshida will benefit from not playing the field as much in 2024.
|Who (And What) You Absolutely Must Watch At 2024 Red Sox Spring Training. Boston is coming off back-to-back last-place finishes in the American League East and outside expectations are tempered, for various reasons. The moves created a little more balance — O'Neill is a right-handed hitter, whereas Verdugo hits from the left side like fellow Boston outfielders Masataka Yoshida, Jarren Duran and Wilyer Abreu — but is the unit better?
|What Red Sox' Masataka Yoshida said about team's plan for him to DH more. Masataka Yoshida started 49 games in the DH spot last year and he's expected to see more time there in 2024. The Red Sox did not re-sign Justin Turner who started 98 games as the DH last year. Boston will occasionally start other position players at the DH spot to get them off their feet but it sounds as though Yoshida will receive most of the at-bats. Manager Alex Cora said last Tuesday he expects Yoshida to see more playing time in the DH spot than anyone else.
|Red Sox outfield outlook: Yoshida, Duran have plenty to prove in 2024. Masataka Yoshida and Jarren Duran headline a Red Sox outfield group that has no shortage of question marks entering the 2024 season.