BOSTON -- Brock Holt has made two trips to Fenway Park in three days for very different reasons.
After receiving his World Series ring in a stirring ceremony before Friday’s home opener, Holt was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday to fill the roster spot of third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.
“The other day when we got to come up it was a great experience,” Holt said Sunday morning. “Awesome day to be a part of something I’ll remember for a long time. Glad to be back here today as well.”
Holt will share time at third base with Jonathan Herrera, who is in the starting lineup at third base for the second straight game Sunday. Holt started 17 games at third while with Boston in 2013 and seven at the position for Pawtucket, but otherwise has spent the rest of his six-year professional career in both the Pittsburgh and Boston organizations at either second base or shortstop.
The 25-year-old admits he felt a bit out of sorts at the hot corner last year.
“I haven’t got as many reps at third this year as opposed to last year,” he said, “but the times that I was over there in spring training I felt comfortable and felt like I’d actually played there before as opposed to last year when I had no idea what was going on. Feel great.”
Holt’s increased comfort level also comes from being a bit more familiar with his teammates.
“Last year I was the new guy so I wasn’t too comfortable last year, but this year I feel a lot better,” he said. “I think it helped me in spring training just being around the guys again and then going into the season as well.”
Manager John Farrell said Sunday he will choose who to play between Holt and the switch-hitting Herrera based on matchups, but both have displayed better numbers against righties.
Holt, who swings from the left side, went 4-for-11 with two doubles, two walks, one stolen base and no strikeouts with Pawtucket. One of the doubles came in his only appearance against a left-hander.
“I feel great. It was big for me to get off on the right foot this year,” Holt said. “I felt good the first three games. I had a couple of games at short and I played second yesterday. Feeling good at the plate and however they want to use me up here, I’m going to try to help in any way I can.”