will call up top prospect Xander Bogaerts from Pawtucket today.
Alex Speier: "Bogaerts was hitting .284 with a .369 OBP, .453 slugging percentage and nine homers [with Pawtucket]. He's spent most of his time at his natural position of shortstop, but he's also seen action in nine games at third base. On a team that has struggled against lefties, Bogaerts offers the possibility of a notable boost, given that he was hitting .298 with a .452 OBP, .474 slugging mark, 16 walks and just seven strikeouts in 73 plate appearances against southpaws."
It is one of several moves the team is making before beginning a series in San Francisco tonight. Brock Holt and Ryan Lavarnway have been optioned to Pawtucket and David Ross will be activated.
Bogaerts would be the youngest Red Sox position player since Dwight Evans debuted in 1972 at the age of 20.