Red Sox recall Reddick, option Atchison

Updated: June 5, 2010, 11:02 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox needed to make a few roster moves in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. Boston called up outfielder Josh Reddick from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned pitcher Scott Atchison. The Red Sox needed an outfielder because Jeremy Hermida was a bit banged up with a sore left forearm and side after colliding with third baseman Adrian Beltre on Friday. Hermida also hurt his chest, although he said Saturday he could play if needed.

Reddick went 1-for-3 and scored a run in Boston's 8-2 win over the Orioles.

This is Reddick's second stint with Boston this season. He was hitting .183 with five homers and 25 RBIs with the PawSox. In his last 26 games for Pawtucket, he batted .165.

"The one thing [PawSox manager] Torey [Lovullo] said was, 'You're going to call up a guy whose batting average is low and everybody is going to say what are we doing?' For the last two weeks his approach has been a lot better," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona before Saturday's game. "We like this kid and I think it's a good reminder. Come help us win some games and how long he'll be here, we don't know."

Reddick said he's ready to help out the Red Sox.

"Well, I don't really expect much of anything. Just come up here and try to help them as much as I can, whether it be short term or long term," Reddick said. "My numbers weren't really showing much, but the last two or three weeks I've been hitting the ball really well, having great at-bats."

Fellow outfield prospect Ryan Kalish had recently been promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland and has been playing well, but the organization thought Reddick was a better option for the emergency call up.

"Do we think [Kalish] is a really good player? Yeah. But he just went to Triple-A a few days ago, so I don't think [a call-up] is in his best interest," said Francona.

Atchison has options remaining in his contract, making him expendable. He has gone back and forth between Pawtucket and Boston this season. Atchison's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in nine games.

"I think he understands. I think he gets frustrated and he also knows we think a lot of him as a pitcher," Francona said. "Sometimes guys get on that shuttle and when your team gets in a little bit of a bind like we potentially were, we needed a healthy outfielder and unfortunately [Atchison] caught the bad end of it."

Since the results of a CT scan on Hermida's side came back fine, he could return to the lineup on Sunday and Reddick's stay could be brief.

Also, pitcher Boof Bonser's 30-day minor league rehab stint ends Sunday. He's scheduled to work one inning of relief for the PawSox tonight in Louisville and there's a possibility he could be with the Red Sox on Monday in Cleveland.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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