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McAdam: Late in the season, Christian Arroyo stakes his claim

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It has been, by his own admission, a "weird'' season for Christian Arroyo.

It began with him as a member of the Cleveland Indians, his third organization in the past four seasons. And it's winding down with Arroyo being given the opportunity to claim the second base job with the Red Sox.

Arroyo was claimed off waivers from the Indians by the Red Sox on Aug. 13, but had to endure a long COVID-19 protocol period, then wait for a roster opening. He didn't play his first game for the team until last Tuesday when he was recalled from the team's alternate training site in Pawtucket.

In short order, however, Arroyo has made his presence felt. In five games, he's collected five hits, including homers in each of the last two. On Saturday, he briefly broke a tie in the seventh inning and gave the Sox a one-run lead that they quickly relinquished.

On Sunday, his two-run shot in the sixth proved to be more impactful, stretching the Red Sox lead from one run to three in their 6-3 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Following the decision to option Jose Peraza to the alternate training site mid-week, manager Ron Roenicke has said that Arroyo will get the vast majority of playing time at second the rest of the way. In a small window then, Arroyo has gone from being on waivers to an opportunity to nail down a starting position for 2021.

"It really hasn't set in,'' he admitted.