The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Mike Carp from the disabled list Monday. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the club optioned infielder Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A Pawtucket. Carp will re-join Boston’s bench and he’ll be available to participate in Monday night’s contest opposite the Chicago White Sox if called upon.
Carp was placed on the 15-day disabled list back in late May after sustaining a fracture in his foot. The injury occured after he fouled a ball off the foot.
His activation will provide Manager John Farrell with a solid bat off the bench in the later innings if a pinch-hit opportunity were to arise. He could also see some starts in the outfield in the coming days given his known ability to hit right-handers well.
Prior to hitting the disabled list, the 28-year-old was hitting just .214 in 32 games. He has six RBI’s and no homers in 82 plate appearances thus far.
Carp recently completed a seven-game rehab stint in Pawtucket. As it stands though, any sort of consistant playing time is unlikely. Farrell seems content with Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt roaming the outfield. He certainly won’t cut into Mike Napoli‘s at-bats over at first base. Nonetheless, he’s welcomed back as a nice depth guy.
Herrera struggled to produce at the plate during his time in Boston. He provided the club with defensive insurance, serving his purpose in that regard.
The utility man batted .233 and came to the plate 104 times. He batted in nine runs and nothced 21 hits.