BOSTON -- The Red Sox bolstered their depleted outfield by acquiring Jonathan Van Every from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named and optioned outfielder Josh Reddick to Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced.
Van Every, 30, has hit .314 (11-for-35) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs and 8 runs scored in 10 games for Pittsburgh’s Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate in 2010, playing six games in center field, three in left and appearing once as a pinch hitter. Van Every spent parts of two seasons in the Boston system from 2008-09 and made his major league debut with the club in 2008. He batted .364 (4-for-11) with a home run and three RBIs in seven games with the Red Sox last year and has hit .286 (8-for-28) with a triple, home run and eight RBIs in 18 games with Boston.
With regular outfielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury out, Reddick, was recalled on Tuesday and made two starts in center field and appeared in three games overall, going 1-for-6 with a double and two RBIs.
"We got Van Every back," manager Terry Francona told reporters before Saturday's game against Baltimore. "I think the thought was that he and Reddick essentially do the same thing, but we didn't want Reddick sitting [in the majors]."
Van Every played in Boston's minor league system most of the past two seasons, but did get into 18 games in the majors. He hit .286 (8 for 28) with a triple, home run and eight RBIs. He also pitched in a blowout against Tampa Bay.
To make room for Van Every on the 40-man roster, the club designated right-handed pitcher Santo Luis for assignment. Van Every will be active for tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park and will wear No. 44.
The Red Sox claimed the 26-year-old Luis off waivers from the White Sox on April 14 and optioned him to Double-A Portland.