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Brock Holt's Less-Than-Stellar Return to Boston

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Brock Holt, seen here on April 19, was called up from Pawtucket after Will Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day DL due to a broken finger. Michael Dwyer/AP

With Will Middlebrooks being place on the 15-day DL on Saturday, the Red Sox called up Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Middlebrooks’ roster spot and place in the Saturday lineup.

The 25-year-old didn’t exactly have the best day in his return to the big club, going 0-for-3 in the contest as he grounded into a fielder’s choice in the third inning, popped out to shortstop in the fifth, and grounded out to second in the seventh.

Holt’s highlight of the day came in the top of the seventh, when he snared a sinking line drive from Austin Jackson for the second out of the inning.

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In 27 games in Pawtucket this year, Holt hit .315 with eight doubles, two triples, a home run, and seven RBIs.

Holt last played in Boston on April 24, when he went 0-for-3 in the Red Sox’ 14-5 loss to the Yankees. His Boston totals are eight games on the season, gathering eight hits with four walks in 31 plate appearances, gathering one triple and four RBIs.

With Middlebrooks on the DL, the only other third baseman on the Red Sox 25-man roster is Jonathan Herrera, who has played 22 games this year and is hitting .184 in 38 at bats.