BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington walked through his team’s clubhouse late Tuesday night, only briefly indicating to waiting reporters that he did not have any news on Aaron Cook, who had the right to opt out of his contract if he wasn't on the big-league roster as of May 1, which he wasn't.
However, Cherington did confirm that he had created an opening for Cook.
Outfielder/first baseman Lars Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Boston’s 5-3 loss to Oakland. The move will be made official Wednesday, when a corresponding move will be made, most likely involving Cook.
Anderson struck out in the midst of a two-run rally in the ninth inning Tuesday. He went 1-for-7 since being recalled last week.
Before Anderson emerged for that at-bat, the injured Kevin Youkilis was seen on the dugout steps with a batting helmet and a bat. Manager Bobby Valentine admitted he had no intention of using Youkilis, but rather was hoping to force A’s manager Bob Melvin to bring in a right-hander.
“No, he wasn’t available,” Valentine said of Youkilis, who has missed three straight games with a sore back. “I was just using everything I had. It was just sort of a decoy. Didn’t work very well did it?”
Moments later, Anderson went down swinging and the rally fizzled when Dustin Pedroia grounded to second with the tying runs on base.