Iglesias, Gathright among five call-ups

September, 13, 2011
BOSTON -- The Red Sox have brought in some reinforcements from Triple-A Pawtucket, calling up first baseman Lars Anderson, shortstop Jose Iglesias, outfielder Joey Gathright and pitchers Junichi Tazawa and Trevor Miller.

To make room for Gathright and Miller on the 40-man roster, the club transferred outfielder J.D. Drew to the 60-day disabled list and designated infielder/outfielder Nate Spears for assignment.

The Red Sox clubhouse no doubt is crowded, but this will give the club more depth for the final two weeks of the season.

“These guys aren’t here to start for us because we have starters,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

The Sox are focused on a pennant race, but they’ll also balance helping their prospects get a feel for what it’s like in the big leagues this time of year.

Gathright, 30, was signed as a minor-league free agent on Aug. 31 because of his speed. He will be relied upon to pinch-run and steal a base when needed. This is his second stint with the Red Sox as he appeared in 17 games in 2009. Prior to signing with the Red Sox, he played 61 games in the North American Independent League.

“My goal was to get back here and I didn’t know if it was going to happen,” Gathright said. “You need to stay dedicated to know what you need to do to get back to where you belong and that’s what I did.”

Tazawa, a right-hander, began the year on the DL after having Tommy John surgery and was activated on June 27. He combined to go 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA with 46 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 16 appearances (two starts) between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.

“You’re certainly not going to see him pitch every day, but since we have enough bodies we have the ability to pick and chose where we pitch him,” Francona said. “He can impact us, too.”

Miller is a veteran left-hander who will work against left-handed hitters in certain situations. The 38-year-old was signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent on Aug. 30.

Pretty much the only time Anderson will play is when and if Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is given the day off.

“We think Lars deserved a call-up, especially the way he played in the second half,” Francona said.

Iglesias will be used as a defensive replacement at shortstop. His defense was tremendous for the PawSox, but he struggled at the plate. The 21-year-old appeared in 101 games with the PawSox and posted a .973 fielding percentage, making only 12 errors in 441 total chances with 284 assists. He batted .235 with nine doubles, one home run, 31 RBIs, 35 runs and 21 walks. He did hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games during the regular season, hitting .333 (13-for-39) during that stretch.

“His progression may be a little different than everybody else’s," Francona said. "You might not see everything until he gets to the big leagues. His glove is so good and at some point this guy is going to be a major-league shortstop. Obviously, the more he hits, the better. He still has a lot to learn and he knows that.”

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler also has been invited by Francona to join his staff for the remainder of the season.

“He’s a good worker and it’s a reward for the good job that he did,” Francona said. “We appreciate it very much. He did a great job of communicating with me this year.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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