BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox needed to make a few roster moves in preparation for tonight’s game against the Orioles.
Boston has called up outfielder Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned pitcher Scott Atchison. The Red Sox needed an outfielder because Jeremy Hermida was a bit banged up with a sore left forearm and side after colliding with third baseman Adrian Beltre on Friday.
This is Reddick’s second stint with Boston this season. He was hitting .183 with five homers and 25 RBIs with the PawSox. In his last 26 games for Pawtucket, he batted .165.
“The one thing [PawSox manager] Torey [Lovullo] said was, ‘You’re going to call up a guy whose batting average is low and everybody is going to say what are we doing?’ For the last two weeks his approach has been a lot better,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “We like this kid and I think it’s a good reminder. Come help us win some games and how long he’ll be here, we don’t know.”
Reddick said he's ready to help out the Red Sox.
"Well, I don't really expect much of anything. Just come up here and try to help them as much as I can, whether it be short term or long term," Reddick said. "My numbers weren't really showing much, but the last two or three weeks I've been hitting the ball really well, having great at-bats."
Fellow outfield prospect Ryan Kalish had recently been promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland and has been playing well, but the organization thought Reddick was a better option for the emergency call-up.
“Do we think [Kalish] is a really good player? Yeah. But he just went to Triple-A a few days ago, so I don’t think [a call-up] is in his best interest,” said Francona.
Atchison has options remaining in his contract, making him expendable.
“I think he understands. I think he gets frustrated and he also knows we think a lot of him as a pitcher,” Francona said. “Sometimes guys get on that shuttle and when your team gets in a little bit of a bind like we potentially were, we needed a healthy outfielder and unfortunately [Atchison] caught the bad end of it.”
Since the results of a CT scan on Hermida’s side came back fine, he could return to the lineup on Sunday and Reddick’s stay could be brief.
Also, pitcher Boof Bonser’s 30-day minor league rehab stint ends Sunday. He’s scheduled to work one inning of relief for the PawSox tonight in Louisville and there’s a possibility he could be with the Red Sox on Monday in Cleveland.
A few other pregame notes from Francona:
* Here's Francona's explanation as to why Mike Lowell is not playing tonight and Kevin Youkilis has been moved from first to third: “A couple of things. We wanted to get some left-handed bats in the lineup and we have a day game tomorrow, so this a way we can keep Victor in there because he’s been swinging the bat well. We let Tek catch and Youk, at some point during interleague, will play third.”
Youkilis has played 55 games at first this season and tonight will be his first appearance on the other side of the diamond.
* Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) was able to take batting practice today and participated in running drills. He was able to increase the intensity of his workouts. He said he’s feeling better.
* Mike Cameron (abdominal tear) also took BP and is doing much better. He’s actually feeling pretty good, according to Francona, but the manager added he doesn’t think Cameron’s ready to play. “Last night during the game he was pacing the dugout. He knows there are guys banged up, so I told him, ‘Quit pacing because you’re not going to play. We’re not going to do something that’s not in your best interest because we’re running short.’ Hopefully that made him feel a little bit better.”