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Red Sox ink infielder Ryan Roberts

The Boston Red Sox have signed infielder Ryan Roberts in wake of third baseman Will Middlebrooks being placed on the 15-day disabled list. A calf strain forced the Sox to shutdown Middlebrooks. Roberts was added to the 25-man roster on Monday.

The 33-year-old Roberts will likely slide into the starting third base role with Middlebrooks potentially missing up to three weeks of action.

Boston did have Brock Holt and Jonathan Herrera on the roster, though neither guy has had much prior experience fielding the third base position. Holt was sent back to Pawtucket.

Roberts will reportedly earn $1 million if he stays in the majors for the duration of the season.

The veteran utility man has bounced around the bigs over the course of his career. He most recently spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay. Roberts was with the Chicago Cubs during spring training. Toronto, Arizona and Texas are also teams he’s played for in the past.

Roberts is a guy who the Red Sox can depend on defensively. He’s by no means flashy, but goes full tilt when in the game.

Roberts is not the best of hitters, but he does have success in facing lefty pitchers. He totes a .245 career batting average.

His work ethic will mesh nicely with the Sox’ high character clubhouse.

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