Holt promoted, will start at third vs. O's

Holt promoted, will start at third vs. O's
April 18, 2014, 4:45 pm
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BOSTON -- Technically, Brock Holt was with the Red Sox earlier this month. He was called up to give the team some infield depth after Will Middlebrooks strained his calf.

Soon thereafter, however, the Red Sox signed free agent infielder Ryan Roberts and Holt was sent back to Pawtucket. For the one game he was with the big-league club, he did not make an appearance.

As a player who has teetered back and forth between the minors and majors a few different times over the last two seasons, Holt handled his most recent demotion in stride.

Now he's back. He was called up to Boston on Friday and Roberts -- who hit .105 with a .227 on-base percentage in eight games and 22 plate appearances -- was designated for assignment.

Holt will be starting at third base and hitting ninth as Boston takes on Baltimore righty Chris Tillman.

"We felt like we needed to create a little bit of a jump start to the offense," Farrell said. "With the designation of Ryan, we have another lefthanded hitter here in Brock Holt. We've come through a stretch of seven lefthanded starters in our last 10 [games], and we're kind of reversing that right now, going against primarily righthanders. We felt like we had to try a different combination to attempt to spark that bottom part of the order."

Holt has been very good in his 12 games for the PawSox this season, hitting .380/.446/.600.

"He's clearly earned the promotion here," manager John Farrell said. "When he was sent out after just one day of being here with the big league club, I think he was initially disappointed, but he's channeled that in the right way and gone down and played very well on the left side of the infield."

As for Roberts, Farrell indicated that the Red Sox hoped to retain the utility player, though he would have to pass through waivers for that to be a possibility.

"He had about a nine day layoff from the end of spring training until he joined us here and as we talked to him today, he's gotta go through the waiver process here, but we certainly want him to remain in the organization," Farrell said. "Feel like he needs at bats to get things going a little bit."