Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart (toe) placed on 15-day DL, Shane Victorino activated headline Red Sox roster moves

Ryan Hannable
July 03, 2015 - 1:30 pm
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The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to their weekend series with the Astros. Shane Victorino was taken off the disabled list and added to the active roster, although he won't start Friday night. He had been on the disabled list with a left calf injury since May 25. In a corresponding move, Blake Swihart (toe) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket for the active roster and in turn, outfielder Jackie Bradley was sent back down to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ramirez, reliever Zeke Spruill was designated for assignment. Swihart had suffered the toe injury a few weeks ago and took a few days off, but wasn't fully able to recover. He had played just once since Sunday. The 15-day DL stint will be backdated two days. "With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know," manager John Farrell said. "The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we're afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now." Farrell is excited about getting Victorino back on the field as he's played in just 50 combined games the past two seasons. He will share time in right field with Alejandro De Aza, but Farrell said it wouldn't be a strict right/left platoon and it is expected Victorino will play Saturday. "[Victorino] as we all know, brings a tremendous amount of energy," Farrell said. "He talks the game, he's always seeing game situations as they unfold on the field and talking it in the dugout. I know Vic feels more comfortable in speaking his mind when he's active and on the field and contribution. His in-game decisions are outstanding. And defense in this ballpark in right field, he plays it as good as anyone has played it. And we're looking forward to having that back." Bradley goes back to the minors after hitting .211 (4-for-22) in eight games since being recalled for a second time this season in June. Farrell said Bradley is still adjusting to playing in the big leagues. "The numbers are what they are," he said. "But, what you do see is a swing path that I think is more consistent than what it was a year ago. That was evident in spring training and he's carried it through. He hasn't had the production at the big league level. We know that there is a sizable gap between Triple-A and here and yet Jackie is still working his way to get his feet on the ground and be a consistent performer here." Ramirez is a side-arm reliever, drafted in the fourth-round of the 2011 draft by the Red Sox. When he appears in a game it will be his major league debut. "Right-handed reliever but he's been a closer throughout the minor league career," Farrell said. "It's a different arm slot. There's some sink to his fastball. And we've had a little bit of turnover on that bullpen and some guys pressed into action that we need to get a fresh arm here. So Noe comes to us."

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