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Pregame Notes: Holt May Play Shortstop? Plus Victorino, Carp, and Middlebrooks Injury Updates

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Brock Holt has played five different positions for the Red Sox this season, but John Farrell suggested that he could see a sixth in order to keep his bat in the lineup. Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

BOSTON -- Amid lots of World Cup talk and watching, catching up with former teammates and staff back at Fenway Park with the visiting Cubs, and recovering from their near no-hit on Monday night, there was some early news.

- Manager John Farrell said he may look to get Brock Holt some starts at shortstop to keep him in the lineup.
- Shane Victorino, whose rehab assignment was stopped when he experienced soreness in his lower back, was able to increase his work today. He ran laps on the Fenway grass early Tuesday afternoon, and is doing agility work. Farrell said he hoped to get Victorino back on a rehab assignment next week.
- Mike Carp will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket tonight. He is in the lineup at first base, playing 5-7 innings, and is expected to get three at-bats. Carp, on the DL since June 2 with a fracture of the fourth metatarsal in his right foot after being hit by a pitch, is 1-for-8 with a run scored in three rehab games.
- Will Middlebrooks, on the DL with a fractured right index finger, is scheduled to resume his rehab with the PawSox, serving as the DH tonight. He still has some swelling in the middle knuckle on that finger and has difficulty throwing. The Sox are still hoping to get Middlebrooks some time in left field.
- The Red Sox parted ways with two lefties on Tuesday. Rich Hill, who had been with Triple-A Pawtucket all season, was traded to the Angels for cash considerations. Chris Capuano, who had been designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was released.
- Asked which of his players he’d like to see get consideration from All-Star voters, Farrell mentioned David Ortiz, Jon Lester, Koji Uehara, Dustin Pedroia, and John Lackey.
- Some of the former Sox players and personnel back at Fenway with the Cubs include Ryan Sweeney, Anthony Rizzo, Darnell McDonald, now a baseball operations assistant, hitting coach Bill Mueller, first base coach Eric Hinske, general manager Jed Hoyer, scouting director Jason McLeod, and media relations director Peter Chase.

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