BOSTON -- Ryan Lavarnway was added to the Red Sox' roster Thursday, but his stay in the big leagues is likely to be a short one.
"[He'll be used] off the bench, potential pinch-hit,'' explained John Farrell of the plans for the catcher, who was hitting .310 with a homer and seven RBI in 11 games with Pawtucket. "With the option of Alfredo [Aceves to Pawtucket], to be able to have another player active for a potential matchup situation [is a benefit].
"We're probably going to use the same [roster] spot come Sunday for [the activation of starter John] Lackey. So, Ryan will come off the bench.''
All 11 of Lavarnway's appearance at Pawtucket came behind the plate, but the Sox could use him as a right-handed DH or to pinch-hit. Lavarnway credits his good start to some work he's done with Pawtucket coach Dave Joppie.
"He's the one who kind of got me right two years ago,'' said Lavarnway, "and he knows what got me right the first time and I feel like I'm getting back to being myself at the plate and I'm very happy with the way it's going. For me, [the key is] a combination of being aggressive and disciplined at the plate at the same time. It's a delicate balance, but something I need to accomplish.''