After losing two of three games to the New York Yankees last weekend, the Boston Red Sox have reached into their farm system for reinforcements.
The Red Sox called up their top prospect, infielder Xander Bogaerts, ahead of the series opener in San Francisco on Monday night.
Bogaerts, 20, batted .297 with a .388 on-base percentage this year combined between the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.
He was ranked the No. 8 overall prospect by Baseball America before the season. Bogaerts played for Aruba in the 2004 Senior League World Series in Bangor.
Last month, the Red Sox traded shortstop Jose Iglesias as part of the three-team deal that netted right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox. The trade was made in part because of the Boston organization’s optimism about Bogaerts, who could see some playing time behind shortstop Stephen Drew and third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
Bogaerts became the first position player age 20 or younger to get called up by the Red Sox since Dwight Evans in 1972.
The Red Sox made several other moves before Monday’s game against the Giants.
David Ross, who was out since June 18 due to a concussion, was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Boston also called up right-hander Brayan Villarreal, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers as part of the Peavy deal. Villarreal made two scoreless appearances for Pawtucket after going 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA in seven games with Detroit earlier this year.
To clear roster spots for the three new additions, infielder Brock Holt, catcher Ryan Lavarnway and right-handed reliever Rubby De La Rosa were optioned to Pawtucket.
Right-handed reliever Andrew Bailey (right shoulder surgery) and right-handed starter Clay Buchholz (strained neck, bursitis in right shoulder) were transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, clearing spots on the 40-man roster for Bogaerts and Ross.
MLB NOTES: Twins first baseman 1B Justin Morneau (1-for-3) drew his 33rd walk of the season Monday. It was his first walk since Aug. 10 at the Chicago White Sox, a span of eight games without a walk. With 16 more walks he will tie Chuck Knoblauch (513) for seventh on the Twins all-time walks list. He also collected his 30th double of the season, reaching 30 doubles for the first time since 2009 (31) and fifth time in his career. It was his 287th career double and he is just two doubles away from tying Goose Goslin (289) for ninth on the franchise all-time doubles list (since 1901).