Selsky was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
With Chase d'Arnaud being claimed Thursday, the Red Sox had to make a 25-man roster move to clear a spot. Selsky had appeared in just three games since April 16 and hadn't made a start since April 9 even with Boston's rash of infield injuries. He'll head down to Pawtucket, where he figures to see much more regular playing time.
Selsky is starting in center field Sunday in place of Jackie Bradley (knee), Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com reports.
Normally, we'd see Chris Young as a replacement outfielder, but he's needed at designated hitter to replace Hanley Ramirez (flu).
Selsky will open the season on Boston's 25-man roster. manager John Farrell announced Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Selsky's right-handed bat was the factor in him earning the 25th spot on the roster over Marco Hernandez. The 27-year-old Selsky is the right-handed alternative to Mitch Moreland at first base while the Red Sox wait on Hanley Ramirez who has been limited to DH only during spring training. Selsky was also used some at third base this spring and could be a complement to Pablo Sandoval, although his lack of experience at the hot corner was evident when he did play there. He went 16-for-45 (.356) with a .431 on-base percentage, .689 slugging percentage, with four home runs, three doubles, 12 RBI, 10 runs and five walks over 22 Grapefruit League games. Presumably, he's holding the final roster spot until Josh Rutledge (hamstring, 10-day DL) is ready. Or, Hernandez could replace him once Ramirez proves he's ready to play the field. The point being, Selsky's stay at the major-league level is expected to be a short one.
Selsky, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week, is a candidate to make Boston's roster as the 25th man, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Marco Hernandez is also in the mix.
Josh Rutledge appeared to have the edge for the final roster spot, being a right-handed hitting utility infielder that could complement Pablo Sandoval at third base or Mitch Moreland at first while Hanley Ramirez is unable to play the field early in the season. But Rutledge suffered a hamstring injury Tuesday and will start the season on the 10-day disabled list. Enter Selsky, a right-handed batter who can play first base and has done some work at third this spring. He probably has the edge over the lefty-hitting Hernandez, though Hernandez has more third base experience and, as someone that hits both lefties and righties well, could complement Sandoval.
Selsky was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Claimed off waivers in the offseason, Selsky made a strong push to secure a bench spot in camp. The 27-year-old was slashing .356/.431/.689 with four homers and 12 RBI through 45 at-bats before being sent down. He could eventually see a call-up if his bat stays hot.
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