It's come to this.
One week after manager John Farrell offered some unsolicited, glowing words about Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts, according to various reports, the team promoted the 21-year- old on Saturday, the latest development in Betts' meteoric ascent to the major leagues.
Betts hit .322 with two home runs and a .425 on- base percentage in 90 at-bats with the Pawtucket Red Sox. He hit .355 in 54 games with Double-A Portland before his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month.
The Sox are clearly gambling that the infusion of the red-hot Betts can infect a sagging offense. The Red Sox were shut down by the Yankees, 6-0, on Friday night and have scored fewer than three runs in 10 of their last 12 games.
"If a young player were to come to us, how do they inject into our lineup and what are some of the things they might do on the field to give us that energy?" Farrell said last weekend when discussing Betts. "I go back to Brock Holt leading off the other night with a double, stealing third base, that's a quick boost of energy we all fed on. That's something that was part of our consistent approach last year and when we're not driving the ball out of the ballpark, that style of play is very helpful."
In order to make room on the roster, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa was optioned to Pawtucket, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.