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Reddick on way back, but for whom?

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  August 6, 2009 02:14 PM

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Well, Josh Reddick is at least racking up the frequent flier miles.

One day after being sent to Triple-A to make room for left-hander Billy Traber, Reddick is on his way to New York and should arrive at Yankee Stadium in time for tonight’s game between the Sox and Yankees. Though the Red Sox have made no formal announcement, there seem to be three options with the outfielder:

1. Reddick is here for precautionary reasons pending further examination of Jason Bay’s hamstring injury;

2. Traber is heading back to the minors and Reddick will be activated;

3. Bay is headed to the disabled list to make room for Reddick.

According to major league rules designed to prevent roster manipulation, a player must spend a minimum of 10 days in the minor leagues upon being demoted. Nonetheless, an exception can be made in the event of an injury to a player at a corresponding position – outfielder for outfielder, pitcher for pitcher, etc. – though it is unclear whether a team must place the injured player on the disabled list in order to exercise that right.

We hope to have more soon, but Bay’s injury obviously leaves the Sox short in the outfield. Suddenly, the team misses the versatility of Mark Kotsay, who was designated for assignment and ultimately traded to accommodate the acquisition of Adam LaRoche. LaRoche, of course, subsequently was dealt for Casey Kotchman when the Sox acquired Victor Martinez.

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