Holt reached base three times, knocked in a run and scored a run in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Reds. Holt is getting into the lineup more often due to knee injuries suffered by Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez. Though Pedroia is on the active roster, his pain lingers, and he's often forced to take a rest day, as he did Saturday. Holt is nearly a run below replacement level this season and hasn't been pounding the ball, but he's putting together tough at-bats, reaching base eight times in 20 plate appearances on Boston's current road trip. It's been a hard season for Holt, who missed 75 games this season due to vertigo -- possibly a byproduct of the concussions he's experienced the last two years -- but is in position to be added to the postseason roster.
Holt entered Monday's game after Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off his nose. He went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in Boston's 10-8 win over Baltimore. Pedroia was back at second base after a stretch of games at designated hitter, but will now have the nose checked out. If he's forced to miss significant time, Holt will be the immediate fill-in until Eduardo Nunez returns from a knee injury, which could come as soon as this weekend against the Reds. In that event, Holt will resume his utility role, where at-bats are less consistent.
Holt is out of the lineup Monday against the Orioles, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports. The recent absence of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) has allowed the Red Sox to deploy Dustin Pedroia at designated hitter more frequently, which had opened up second base for Holt over the past four contests. While Ramirez remains sidelined Monday, manager John Farrell elected to use the DH spot on the hot-hitting Christian Vazquez, who needed a day off behind the plate following back-to-back starts at catcher. Holt will thus reprise his normal utility role off the bench.
Holt started at second base in place of a resting Dustin Pedroia and went 1-for-4 in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Rays. The Red Sox are managing Pedroia, who is experiencing inflammation in his left knee, and need a fill-in second baseman every few days. With Eduardo Nunez (knee) sidelined, Holt becomes the primary fallback plan. When you throw in Hanley Ramirez's biceps injury, which has forced him to miss the last three games, the resulting player shuffle has given Holt three straight starts. Once Nunez returns, which could be as early as this coming weekend, Holt's at-bats will dry up a bit.
Holt (foot) came in as a pinch hitter Monday and finished the game against the Blue Jays at second base. He went 1-for-1 with a double. His foot had apparently still been sore after getting hit by a pitch last week, but now that he showed he could hit and take the field, albeit off the bench, it seems he is feeling better. With rosters expanding and the Red Sox at full health, Holt will be primarily used off the bench over the final four weeks.
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