BOSTON With Dustin Pedroia going on the disabled list with a thumb injury, the Red Sox called up infielder Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A Pawtucket before Fridays game against the Yankees.
Ciriaco, who was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Diamondbacks in 2003,
games eight in 2010, and 23 last seasons with the Pirates. In all, he appeared in eight major league games at short, two at third, and two in left field.
Ciriaco, who turns 27 in September, has appeared in 37 games at shortstop, 23 at second base, and three at third for the PawSox this season. He was hitting .301 with four home runs, 21 RBI, a .318 on-base percentage, and .406 slugging percentage in 64 games for Pawtucket this season.
Manager Bobby Valentine said Ciriaco would start one of the games of Saturdays doubleheader against the Yankees. Which game and which position is unknown.
Ciriaco said he is comfortable at all three positions, but shortstop is most natural to him.
I grew up playing shortstop so I feel more comfortable at short, he said. But the last couple of years Ive been paying second and third a little bit. so I just try to just do my job, whatever I can.