Sox call up 3B Holt, demote Diaz

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox were looking to add a left-handed bat to their infield when they recalled Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and optioned Jonathan Diaz back to the minor league club.

The 25-year-old Texan is starting at third base as the Red Sox play the Los Angeles Angels in the middle game of their three-game series.

"Anytime you can get up here, that's everyone's goal," Holt said. "Watching these guys the whole year, how they've been playing, it's been fun to watch and I'm excited to be part of it for however long that may be."

Holt made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 1 and three days later became just the second member of the team to produce a four-hit game within his first four games. He was traded to the Red Sox on Dec. 26 in a six-player deal and began this season with Pawtucket.

The demotion of Will Middlebrooks and an injury to Stephen Drew would have brought Holt up sooner this season, but he was dealing with an oblique injury that sidelined him the second half of June. Holt returned from the injury to play in the last three games for Pawtucket, collecting one hit in 10 at-bats.

Boston manager John Farrell said Holt's addition comes at a time when the Red Sox are preparing to face six consecutive right-handed starting pitchers, beginning tonight against Jerome Williams.