MLB notes: Red Sox bring in Ryan Roberts

Chicago Cubs infielder Ryan Roberts (4) poses for a photo at Cubs Spring Training complex on Feb...

Chicago Cubs infielder Ryan Roberts (4) poses for a photo at Cubs Spring Training complex on Feb 24, 2014 in Mesa, AZ, USA. (Rick Scuteri/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Boston Red Sox signed free agent infielder Ryan Roberts, who was active for Monday night’s game against the visiting Texas Rangers.

To make room for Roberts on the 25-man roster, the club optioned infielder Brock Holt to triple-A Pawtucket and made room for Roberts on the 40-man roster by transferring right-handed pitcher Steven Wright to the 60-day disabled list.

The club signed Roberts to fill in at third base with Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list as of Sunday with a strained calf.

In eight major-league season, Roberts, 33, has a .245 average with 71 doubles, 46 home runs and 169 RBIs over 1,481 at-bats with the Toronto Blue Jays (2006-07), Texas Rangers (2008), Arizona Diamondbacks (2009-12), and Tampa Bay Rays (2012-13).

Roberts played 18 spring training games with the Chicago Cubs last month before getting released.

In 2013, Roberts batted .247 in 162 at-bats with six doubles, five homers, 17 RBIs over 60 games.

Holt, 25, returns to Pawtucket after getting called up for one game but he did not play. He is 4-for-11 with two doubles, two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base in three games with Pawtucket this season.

Wright, 29, was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 27 while recovering from right sports hernia surgery.

REDS ACTIVATE MESORACO

The Cincinnati Reds activated catcher Devin Mesoraco from the 15-day disabled list Monday.

The club said it expects Mesoraco to do most of the catching this season but he was not in Monday’s starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mesoraco was previously out with an injured side. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Reds optioned catcher Tucker Barnhart to triple-A Louisville. He went 2-for-8 in three games.

Manager Bryan Price said Bryan Pena got Monday’s start to catch right-hander Tony Cingrani because the two worked well together in Cingrani’s last start.

Price also said the club expects to activate reliever Jonathan Broxton from the DL during the series with St. Louis. He has been out with a forearm injury. It was reported over the weekend that Broxton would be activated Tuesday and take over as closer until Aroldis Chapman returns from injury.

INDIANS, O’S SWAP

The Cleveland Indians acquired infielder/outfielder Torsten Boss from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-hander Preston Guilmet on Monday.

Guilmet was designated for assignment March 30.

Boss, 23, started the season at single-A Frederick and appeared in one game. He spent last year at single-A Delmarva of the South Atlantic League, batting .238 in 286 at-bats with 21 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 106 games.

Guilmet, 26, had a 10.13 ERA with one strikeout and three walks in 5 1/3 innings last season for the Indians.

BARTLETT ON DL

The Minnesota Twins placed infielder/outfielder Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain Monday.

Bartlett was injured in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

To take Bartlett’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from triple-A Rochester. Herrmann went 7-for-17 (.412) in 14 spring training games and has played two games for the Red Wings to start the season.

COOK IN THE PEN

The Oakland Athletics activated reliever Ryan Cook from the disabled list Monday.

Cook was out with shoulder tendinitis. No corresponding move has been announced by the club.

In the last two seasons, Cook has a 2.30 ERA and has 16 career saves as a part-time closer. In 2013, he struck out 67 batters in 67 1/3 innings.

Cook would likely take over as the team’s closer if recently-acquired Jim Johnson struggles or gets injured.

 


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