BOSTON — As hot as the Red Sox have been, they won’t mind taking a few days off during the All-Star break, even if it means they’ll have to put off their winning ways for a while.

“The All-Star break always comes at the right time,” Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It’s needed.”

The Sox are missing a few regulars. They placed left fielder Andrew Benintendi on the bereavement list Friday due to a death in the family and he’s not expected to rejoin the team until after the break. Sam Travis was called up from Pawtucket to replace Benintendi on the roster and he was the designated hitter on Friday night against Toronto. J.D. Martinez moved from DH to left field.

First baseman-DH Steve Pearce didn’t start on Friday after getting hit in the left shin with a pitch Thursday night against Toronto. Cora said Pearce was available to pinch-hit, but he preferred not to play him.

Third baseman Rafael Devers was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with an inflamed left shoulder. He will be eligible to return for the second game in Detroit after the All-Star break. Eduardo Nunez replaced Devers at third.

Dustin Pedroia (left knee inflammation) and Christian Vasquez (fractured finger) aren’t expected back any time soon.

With so many Red Sox players sidelined, Brock Holt batted second for only the fourth time this season. Travis batted seventh.

“Sam, he’s been swinging the bat better against lefties so he’s playing tonight,” Cora said.

Not all the injury news is bad. Cora said he expected southpaw Brian Johnson (left hip inflammation) to return from the disabled list and start Sunday.

Travis was also called up from Pawtucket last month and hit .167 (2-for-12) in four games. In 33 games for the Sox last season, he hit .263. Travis hit only .224 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 57 games this season for Pawtucket, but he was .348 with two home runs in his last eight games.

“Just stopped trying to hit homers,” Travis said. “Just focused on making loud contact and driving the ball to all fields. When you’re trying to do that, that’s when you’re swinging at good pitches. I was chasing stuff, trying to do too much. I simplified things and I’m back where I want to be.”

“Swinging at strikes, he’s not chasing,” Cora said. “They say he’s not as pull happy as he was early. In spring training, he was driving the ball to right-center, he was very disciplined. He got away from it. Now the last few weeks, he’s back to doing that.”

Making an impression on the best team in baseball isn’t easy for a player up from the minors, but that’s what the 24-year-old Travis is trying to do.

“He’s been up already this year so he knows what to expect,” Mitch Moreland said. “He came up last year. It’s nothing new for him. He’ll fall right in. He grabs the bat and swings it, that’s what he does. He’ll be just fine.”

Pearce said he hopes to be able to play as soon as Saturday.

Cora thinks the break will also be good for the Sox bullpen.

“When you go through stretches like this it seems like you go through the same guys again and again and again and again," he said before Friday’s game. "You have to do it. So I think Monday will be perfect, but we’re not looking ahead. We’ve still got three more games.”