Red-Hot Reddick Sacrificed For Fresh Bullpen Arm


Aug 5, 2009

Despite hitting .313 with a homer, three doubles and a pair of RBIs in his first four MLB games, outfielder Josh Reddick has been optioned to Pawtucket.

Following Tuesday night’s loss in Tampa, the Red Sox bullpen was overworked, going 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday and five more on Sunday in Baltimore. Despite his early success with the big club, Reddick was the odd man out as lefty Billy Traber was called up for bullpen support.

The 22-year-old has been an important piece of the Sox lineup since last week as both Jason Bay and J.D. Drew have been bothered with injuries that kept them out of the lineup for multiple games.

“I’m just trying to leave a really good impression — that’s the biggest one you’re going to make up here,” Reddick told the Boston Herald over the weekend. “I’m just trying not to do too much and overdo things. That way, I can hopefully come up here at the end of the year.”

Reddick was sent to Pawtucket, not Double-A Portland from where he was originally brought up last week. In 63 games with the Sea Dogs, Reddick hit .277 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs.

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