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Red Sox designate Ryan Roberts for assignment, call up Brock Holt

Apr 18, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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The Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment and called up Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket, WEEI’s Alex Speier reports. The Red Sox signed Roberts to a one-year deal on April 7 after Will Middlebrooks suffered a calf injury, but Roberts wasn’t very helpful, scratching out only two hits (both singles) in 22 trips to the plate.

Holt has been hitting well at Triple-A to start the season, which is why the Red Sox feel confident in bringing him up. He is currently the owner of a .380/.446/.600 line in 56 plate appearances.

Middlebrooks is expected to begin a rehab assignment next week, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. That would set Middlebrooks up for a return towards the end of April, so Holt will get a week or so of starts in before he’s pushed aside.

  1. Jack Marshall - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    In the Sox-O’s game going on now, Markekis led off the game with a shot to right that appeared to kick up dirt on the chalk line, but it was called fair for a double. Farrell appealed…all angles showed the ball apparently hitting in foul territory. Nonetheless, the apparently mistaken call was upheld. Markekis later scored on an infiled hit.

    The Red Sox broadcasters are going nuts, and they have a point. What good is this system if a clear error is going to upheld as “inconclusive”? Boston can take some solace in the fact that the lousy call would have stood without replay, but boy: could this get off to a worse start?

    • 18thstreet - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      As long as it slows down the game. That’s the most important part.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    That experiment did not last for long.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    So they signed a really crappy player and then after he played really crappily they sent him down and brought up an at worst equally and at best much less crappy player?

    That seems like there were more steps than necessary. Are we sure Theo Epstein isn’t still running the show? Were Julio Lugo and Darnell McDonald somehow involved in these moves?

    • Jack Marshall - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      What’s your plan? Stick with the stopgap guy who isn’t hitting? And McDonald played well for the Sox. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        My plan is go with the prospect from the start, not sign someone you know is awful as a stopgap to the next guy you know is awful.

        And McDonald was briefly serviceable but mostly awful….which is why I never understood why we watched him play so often instead of guys like Reddick and Moss who went on to be….you know….more than serviceable and not 40 years old.

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        Wow. A pretty blunt and snarky remark from a guy who posts that a ball called foul “appeared to kick up dirt on the chalk line.” If it was on the “chalk line” it was fair, but if it “kicked up dirt” (not chalk) it might be outside the chalk (i.e. foul) or inside the chalk (i.e. fair.) This sounds pretty definitionally “inconclusive” from your own description. Who is it again who doesn’t know what you’re talking about?

  4. Jack Marshall - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Huh? The ball hit foul and kicked up dirt ON the chalk line. I f I say that I kicked up dirt on your shoes, do you take that to mean I was standing on your shoes when I kicked the dirt? That I kicked dirt that was already on your shoes? If the ball hit the chalk line, it would have kicked up CHALK. Hope that’s not too blunt for you.

  5. Jack Marshall - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Holt, FYI, is no “prospect.” Ceccini is the Sox 3B prospect, and he’s not ready yet. The Sox saw plenty of Holt last year and in the spring—he’s a 4A player, destined to be, at best, a reserve someplace, like….Ryan Roberts! Roberts wasn’t hitting, Holt was raking, so the Sox made a switch to get some offense. Worked, too. But as soon as Middlebooks is back a week from now, Holt is going back down.

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