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Red Sox September Call-Ups Round 3: Lars Anderson, Josh Reddick On The Way

UPDATE: Dan Barbarisi confirms that Reddick is on the way up.

UPDATE: Rob Bradford has the lineup for tonight--including Lars Anderson at #8.

First baseman Lars Anderson has been promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket according to, and will make his first trip up to the big leagues of his career. Also, after launching his second home run in September, Paw Sox announcer Dan Hoard says outfielder Josh Reddick has been pulled from the Pawtucket Red Sox' final game of the season. Presumably, he's on his way up as well.

Once the unanimous top prospect in the Boston system, Lars Anderson struggled through an injury-riddled 2009 season in Double-A, dropping down the charts in favor of players like Casey Kelly, Ryan Kalish, and the aforementioned Josh Reddick. But Lars came out of the gates on fire in 2010, posting a .355/.408/.677 line in 17 games with Double-A Portland before being promoted to Pawtucket. His bat stalled out there some, but his numbers have improved in the last two months.

Josh Reddick's story is kind of like Lars', except everything is much more dramatic and happens rather more quickly. After a strong first half of 2009 in Portland, Reddick got the call-up straight to the majors, where he showed off his power but lost what plate discipline it appeared he had built up in recent months. Sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, Reddick struggled tremendously, hitting just .127/.190/.183 in the last 18 games of the year.

Things didn't go much better to start 2010, either, culminating in an awful May where he managed an OPS of only .528. Things improved from there, though, until suddenly August came around, and the old Reddick reappeared. He still wasn't one to take walks, but with a line of .350/.370/.626 with 8 homers and 10 doubles in just 120 at bats, who's complaining?