In their first wave of September call-ups, the Red Sox have added catcher George Kottaras, outfielder Brian Anderson, pitcher Junichi Tazawa, outfielder Joey Gathright, and infielder Chris Woodward.
All but Gathright, whom the Sox acquired Saturday in a minor league trade with Baltimore, have previously played for the Sox this year. Gathright, one of the fastest men in baseball, could serve as a pinch-running specialist.
The Sox will likely add more players as the minor league season ends in a week.
All five players will be in uniform for tonight’s game at Tampa Bay.
Also, the Red Sox designated first baseman/outfielder Jeff Bailey for assignment.
Kottaras, 26, has been on the disabled list since August 1 (retroactive to July 30) with a lower back strain. He has made 10 rehab appearances with Triple A Pawtucket, batting .292 with three doubles, six walks and a run scored. In 36 games with the Red Sox this season, he has hit .224 with one home run and nine RBIs.
The 27-year-old Anderson will be making his second stint with the Red Sox this season. He has appeared in three games in right field (two starts) for Boston while going 1 for 6 (.167) with an RBI and run scored. In 24 games for Pawtucket in 2009, he hit .200 with four home runs and eight RBI. He was acquired from the White Sox for outfielder Mark Kotsay on July 28.
Tazawa, 23, was optioned to the Gulf Coast League on August 29 but did not pitch with the club. The rookie righthander is 2-3 with a 6.65 ERA in five games (four starts) for Boston this season. He combined to go 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts between Double A Portland and Pawtucket this season.
Gathright, who will wear No. 23, was acquired in a minor league trade with Baltimore on August 29 and has appeared in three games with the PawSox, going 2 for 10 (.200) with a run scored. In 80 games with Baltimore’s Triple A Norfolk club, the 28-year-old speedster hit .329 with 20 RBI, 49 runs scored and 24 stolen bases. Gathright has a career .262 average with 96 RBI and 170 runs scored in 428 games over parts of six seasons. He began his career wit hthe Rays.
Woodward, who will wear No. 30, went 0 for 4 with a walk in five games for the Red Sox after he was claimed off waivers from Seattle on August 7. In 12 games with the PawSox, the 33-year-old batted .129.
The Red Sox’ active roster is now at 30 players with today’s additions.