Red Sox Call Up Varitek, Lars Anderson, and Josh Reddick
RED SOX ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today added three players to the active Major League roster. The club selected first baseman Lars Anderson from Triple-A Pawtucket, recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from Pawtucket and reinstated catcher Jason Varitek from the 15-day disabled list. All three players will be active for tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Anderson, 22, is making his Major League debut tonight with the start at first base, wearing No. 44. A left-handed batter, he has combined to hit .274 (129-for-471) with 37 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 69 RBI and 62 runs scored in 130 games between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket this season. Promoted to the PawSox on April 29, he has compiled a .262 average (107-for-409), 32 doubles, three triples, 10 homers and 53 RBI over 113 games in his first Triple-A campaign. He is batting .330 (31-for-94) in 25 games since August 10, producing 12 extra-base hits (eight doubles, triple, three home runs) and 16 RBI in that time. Selected by Boston in the 18th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Anderson has hit .279 (516-for-1,850) with 129 doubles, seven triples, 53 home runs, 278 RBI and 279 runs scored over 501 career games in the Red Sox farm system.
This is the fourth Big League stint of the season for the 23-year-old Reddick, who will wear No. 46. In 11 games with Boston in 2010, he is 4-for-25 (.160) with a double, triple, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. He has also appeared in 114 games with the PawSox this season, hitting .266 (120-for-451) with 28 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs, 65 RBI and 59 runs scored. The left-handed hitter leads the International League with seven home runs, 12 extra-base hits and 52 total bases since August 23, batting .388 (26-for-67) with 15 RBI in that 15-game span.
Varitek, 38, has missed Boston's last 58 games since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 2 (retroactive to July 1) with a right foot fracture. He went 2-for-5 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI in two rehab games with Pawtucket, starting once at catcher and once as designated hitter. Varitek has hit .263 (25-for-95) with six doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBI, 18 runs scored and nine walks in 34 games with the Red Sox this season, all behind the plate, including 23 starts. He is averaging a home run every 13.57 at-bats in 2010, third among Major Leaguers with at least 60 at-bats.
With today's additions, the Red Sox active Major League roster is at 32 players while the club's 40-man roster is now at 40.