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Mon, 07/06/2009 - 3:06pm  

Red Sox - A's Pregame Notes: Bates called up, Bailey to DL

First baseman/outfielder Aaron Bates has been called up by the Red Sox for Monday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. With 1B/OF Jeff Bailey landing on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain suffered on Saturday and Mark Kotsay hobbled by a calf injury, the Sox needed more depth at first base. Bates is hitting ninth in Monday night's lineup against the A's. To make room for Bates on the 40-man roster, Jed Lowrie was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Lowrie has been sidelined for almost three months, so his move to the 60-day is merely procedural (players on the 60-day D.L. are not considered members of the 40-man roster). 1B/OF Jeff Bailey has been placed on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain. For more on Bates' road to the majors and other Red Sox news, please visit Full Count

Terry Francona had the following to say before Monday night's game:

  • Jeff Bailey underwent an MRI, but even without the results, it was clear that his injury is severe enough that he had to go on the D.L.
  • Mark Kotsay is limping around a little, too, because of a calf injury. The Sox hope that he'll be fine after All-Star break.
  • Aaron Bates was "kind of the consensus of the organization" for a call-up. Francona described him as a good defensive first baseman who has some pop and is young. Francona said that the team feels that a call-up can hold the fort between now and the All-Star break.
  • Jed Lowrie had a good day in Double-A for Portland going 3-for-5 at the plate. His rehab clock is running out later this week, meaning he can't play on a minor-league rehab assignment beyond the end of this week. The Red Sox could, however, option him to the minors so that he could continue playing at that level.
 



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