Xander Bogaerts will make his long-awaited major-league debut very soon.
The Red Sox' top prospect has been called up to the big leagues for the team's West Coast road trip this week.
Just 20 years old, Bogaerts has showed tremendous offensive potential at every minor-league level. In 60 games at Triple-A Pawtucket, he is hitting .284/.369/.453 with nine home runs and 32 RBI.
He has played mostly at shortstop through his young professional career, but the PawSox have played him at third base in nine games.
Bogaerts' recall was just one of a collection of roster moves made by the Red Sox late last night after falling to the Yankees, 9-6. To make room for Bogaerts, utility infielder Brock Holt has been optioned to Pawtucket.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was also optioned to Triple A in anticipation of catcher David Ross coming back from the 60-day disabled list after experience post-concussion symptoms.
Righty reliever Rubby De La Rosa was also sent down to Pawtucket after a rough outing on Sunday night in which he hit two batters, allowed two hits and one earned run.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Bogaerts and Ross, the Red Sox have moved both Andrew Bailey and Clay Buchholz to the 60-day DL. Buchholz is expected to return to the team soon, meaning his placement on the 60-day DL is nothing more than a procedural necessity.