Sox option Herrera to Pawtucket; activate Carp

Sox option Herrera to Pawtucket; activate Carp
July 7, 2014, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON - Delivering a game-winning, walkoff pinch single two days ago didn't help Jonathan Herrera keep his roster spot.
     
With Mike Carp ready to be activated, the Sox needed room and optioned Herrera to Pawtucket.
     
Herrera appeared in 42 games and hit .233 with nine RBI.
     
"He's done a lot of good things," said John Farrell of Herrera. "He fits the (utility infielder) role to a T. It was a difficult conversation. He's a quality person, quality player, stayed prepared and contributed when asked in the role he was in.
     
"He occupied a role that's difficult -- to sit for seven or eight days and come in play with the efficiency that he did. We clearly view him as a major league player and I would suspect that he'll back with us at some point this season."
     
Carp, who suffered a stress fracture in his foot and was placed on the DL in early June, returns to much the same role he had previously -- as a spare outfielder and first baseman and lefty pinch-hitter off the bench.
     
"He can start in left and at first base and that's how he'll be used," said Farrell.
     
With Herrera gone and the Sox without a utility infielder per se, Farrell said he viewed Brock Holt as his primary backup at second, short and third.
     
Mookie Betts, who was drafted as a shortstop and played second base until two months ago in the minors, could have been another infield option, but as Farrell noted: "It's been a while since he's played shortstop. We'd go to Holt before we'd go with Mookie at short."