Holt making debut in center for Red Sox

BOSTON -- Since the start of June, Red Sox utility man Brock Holt has made his professional debut at first base, left field and right field. And on Tuesday, Holt will take his talents to center field for the first time in his career.

With outfielder Grady Sizemore designated for assignment and Jackie Bradley Jr. getting a day off, Holt will man center for the Red Sox as the team looks to take the second game of their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.

“He’s done an excellent job on both sides of the ball,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Felt like with [Twins starter Phil] Hughes going tonight, right-handers have had better success against him this year. Looking to add Jonny [Gomes] to the mix today.”

After playing his first 21 games with the club at third base exclusively, Holt has shuffled between first, third, left, right and now center over the past 17 days. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington praised the 26-year-old’s versatility, saying the team has few reservations testing him out at a new position on any given night.

“Every time he’s at a new position for a first time we probably hold our breath a little bit,” Cherington said. “But he’s a baseball player and one of those guys that probably grew up more as a baseball player than at a particular position.”

“I think he almost kind of enjoys it and is enjoying the challenge of just moving around and proving that he can do it.”

Cherington also said he’s been impressed with Holt’s offense out of the leadoff spot.

“We thought he would hit at the major leagues, we didn’t know that he would be able to handle this,” Cherington said. “Good for him, it’s been good for us.”

In 112 at bats out of the No. 1 spot in the lineup, Holt is hitting .339 with a .367 OBP and an .831 OPS.