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A few pregame notes from the Big A

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 6, 2013 08:44 PM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. The Red Sox called up infielder Brock Holt from Triple A Pawtucket and will start him at third base Saturday night.

Holt does not have any major league experience at third base. But he started playing the position in spring training and has played seven games there for Pawtucket.

Holz hit .262 with 18 RBIs in 60 games for Pawtucket. Holt, who also can play second base and shortstop, would likely have been called up earlier but he was recovering from a strained rib cage muscle.

Holt has played only three games since coming off the disabled list. But the Sox valued his versatility. Holt played 24 games for the Pirates last season, hitting .292.

Jonathan Diaz was optioned to Pawtucket. Diaz played in five games with the big club and was 0 for 4.

Since Stephen Drew was injured and Jose Iglesias moved to shortstop, the Red Sox have used Brandon Snyder, Diaz, and now Holt at third base.

Will Middlebrooks has hit .275 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games for Pawtucket since being sent down.

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Clay Buchholz played catch today and will throw out to 120 feet on Sunday.

Manager John Farrell has suggested that Buchholz could make a minor league rehabilitation start July 14. But Buchholz did not want to be pinned down to that date.

"Physically, if I feel good enough to do it, yeah I want to get back as quick as I can," he said. "But it's already taken this long, so there's no need to rush it and have a setback."

Buchholz will be in New York for two days as part of the All-Star festivities. With Red Sox head athletic trainer Rick Jameyson on the American League staff, his rehab work won't be interrupted.

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have been on the disabled list all season for the Yankees but have started minor league rehabilitation assignments. There is a chance they'll return to the New York lineup for the series at Fenway Park that starts July 19.

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