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Red Sox call Brock Holt up, option Jonathan Diaz to Pawtucket

The Red Sox have called Brock Holt up to the big leagues, optioning Jonathan Diaz to Pawtucket.


With Stephen Drew's day-to-day injury turning into a full-blown trip to the disabled list, the Red Sox have called up Brock Holt and sent infielder Jonathan Diaz back down to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Holt, 25, came over to Boston from Pittsburgh as part of the ill-fated Joel Hanrahan trade. He's struggled in Triple-A so far this year, hitting just .263/.335/.297 in 209 at bats, but is generally more likely to be able to provide something with the bat than Jonathan Diaz, while still playing a reasonable third base. In 2012 he hit .344/.406/.453 between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, so there is a bat hidden away in there somewhere.

Holt will start at third base tonight against the Angels, batting eighth against Los Angeles' Jerome Williams. Brandon Snyder has done a very good job for the Red Sox in his six games with the team, however, so one wonders if Holt is going to get more than an occasional start--for instance, behind a pitcher like John Lackey, who could use a good defensive infield behind him.