Mar 16, 2014; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt (26) drives in a run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox designate Ryan Roberts, recall Brock Holt


The Boston Red Sox today have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment. WEEI’s Alex Speier broke the news:



The team also recalled utility man Brock Holt, who has been on a hot streak at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Roberts was signed April 7 to fill the void left by third basemen Will Middlebrooks who went on the 15-day disabled list. In eight games with the Red Sox (21 plate appearances) Ryan hit just .105/.227/.105/.333 with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Roberts is a nine-year veteran who has also played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays. In 518 total games he has hit .243/.320/.388/.708 with 46 HRs, 169 RBIs and 35 SBs.

Conversely, Holt is slashing .380/.446/.600/1.046 in 12 games with Pawtucket. Holt was called up originally to fill Middlebrooks’ roster slot but optioned back to Triple-A when Roberts was signed.

Holt, 25, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played 26 games in Boston last year, hitting .203/.275/.237/.513 with 11 RBIs and one SB. He is expected to be eligible to play tonight against the Baltimore Orioles.

Middlebrooks was placed on the DL April 5 after straining a calf during warm-up sprints before that day’s game. He has also had a bout with the flu while recovering from his injury. Though eligible to rejoin the team next Monday, he is expected to have a minor league rehab assignment first.

In designating Roberts for assignment, the Red Sox remove him from the their 40-man roster. They have 10 days in which to place him on waivers, trade, release or outright to the minor leagues.

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  • Daytripper

    Glad they didn’t waste any more time before doing this.

    • Pete Sonski

      It was worth the try, but I agree the experiment failed and it was time to go in another direction.

  • Rick M

    The contract for Roberts was not guaranteed so that explains the money aspect. Holt has been doing well at Pawtucket and I was amazed they didn’t originally go in that direction. Holt has also been the regular third baseman at Pawtucket. Just seemed strange to get Roberts when Holt and McCoy were at 3A.

    • Pete Sonski

      Holt has really been hot since going back down. Already contributing tonight too.