The Red Sox called up catcher Dusty Brown from Triple A Pawtucket today.
The addition of Brown leaves the Sox with three catchers on the roster, but Terry Francona said that the move is the best use of available roster space. Clay Buchholz pitched 3 2/32 innings in a rehab start for Pawtucket Friday night and will pitch Wednesday in Oakland, but until then, the Sox had a chance to fill what Francona referred to as "a free roster spot."
"Weíre just trying to use it to our advantage," Francona said.
Francona said the move allows him added flexibility in making in-game decisions. Instead of being limited to one chance to pinch run or pinch hit for his catcher, Francona will have more options.
The Sox also shuffled the bullpen today, activating Manny Delcarmen and designating Fernando Cabrera assignment.
"I hope itíll be really good," Francona said of getting Delcarmen back. "This is a guy that when heís going good has the ability to pitch multiple innings, get lefties, righties. Thatís been missed a little bit the last couple weeks. Hopefully itíll be very valuable, getting him back."
Felix Doubront, who dropped to 1-2 with Friday night's loss, also was optioned to Pawtucket.
Francona said that Mike Lowell will receive an injection Monday from Dr. Bryan Kelly, the same doctor who performed surgery on Lowell's hip, and will probably begin a rehab assignment with Pawtucket Thursday.
How often and where Lowell will play has yet to be decided. Francona said he wants to give Lowell enough time between games to maximize his productivity.
"I think he feels like heís ready to go," Francona said. "I think he feels that the shot will help. I understand his thinking. He probably feels like he only has so many shots left."