Carp up, Herrera down; Vic to restart rehab

July, 7, 2014
Jul 7
5:05
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox have activated bench player Mike Carp and optioned utility infielder Jonathan Herrera, manager John Farrell said Monday.

Brock Holt will slide into Herrera’s role as backup infielder while also continuing to see time in the outfield, Farrell said. Mookie Betts, who broke into pro ball as an infielder, will not spell either Dustin Pedroia at second or Stephen Drew at short, Farrell said.

Carp had been on rehab assignment with Pawtucket. He went on the disabled list with a fractured right foot on June 2 and has played seven games with Pawtucket on rehab, including back-to-back games in left field last weekend. He was 5 for 21 with a double and home run.

Farrell said Carp will resume his role as the team’s primary left-handed bat on the bench, and will be available as needed to play either left field or first base. Carp was batting .214 (15 for 70) with no home runs and 6 RBIs in 33 games with the Sox this season after thriving in a backup role in 2013, when he batted .296 with 9 home runs and 43 RBIs in just 164 at-bats.

Herrera, who came to the Sox from Colorado last winter in a trade for pitcher Franklin Morales, had played twice in the last 10 games, starting at short in Boston’s 16-9 loss to the Chicago Cubs last Wednesday, and pinch-hitting in Game 1 of Saturday’s double-header against the Baltimore Orioles.
His last act before his demotion was delivering a broken-bat, walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth of a 3-2 win over the Orioles.

Morales began the season in the Rockies’ rotation and made a dozen starts, posting a 3-4 record and 6.03 ERA, before being sent to the bullpen. He spent the month of June in the pen but made a start July 3 against the Dodgers, going five innings and allowing one earned run in a no-decision.

* Farrell confirmed that Rubby De La Rosa was lifted after one inning of his start for Pawtucket on Sunday because he is a candidate to start Wednesday’s game against the White Sox. The manager would not commit at this time to De La Rosa, saying Anthony Ranaudo is also a possibility. But De La Rosa remains the logical choice, given how well he pitched in five starts (2.51 ERA) during his previous call-up.

* Outfielder Shane Victorino, who has been on the disabled list since May 24, missing the last 41 games after missing the season’s first 22 games on an earlier DL stint, is scheduled to begin a new rehab assignment with Class A Lowell on Wednesday night. He took batting practice with Red Sox regulars on Monday.

Victorino appeared on track to return to the Red Sox at the end of June, but experienced back discomfort while with Pawtucket on rehab assignment and was shut down on June 25. He returned to Boston for treatment and was administered an epidural for his back pain. He has been working out with the Sox here on this homestand while undergoing continued treatment.

* Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has been on the DL since May 17 with a fractured right index finger and has missed the last 47 games, is scheduled to play Monday night for the PawSox. Middlebrooks, like Victorino, had one rehab assignment shut down (June 23) because of continued swelling in his finger, but restarted July 1 and has played two sets of back-to-back games, collecting 3 hits in 12 at-bats, including a triple and home run.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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