Second time around, Holt more comfortable with Sox
Off to strong start at Triple-A, versatile infielder recalled with Middlebrooks out
BOSTON -- By the time Brock Holt arrived at Fenway Park on Sunday morning, he was still listed in the lineup for Triple-A Pawtucket, batting leadoff and playing second. But there he was in the Red Sox clubhouse, hurriedly getting dressed and accepting greetings from teammates happy to see him back in Boston.
Holt was recalled with Will Middlebrooks going to the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain, and while Holt doesn't quite know how much he'll play, he'll be ready when his name is called.
"I'm happy to be here," he said. "I feel great. … However they want to use me up here, I'm going to try to help any way I can."
Holt was off to a strong start through three games with Pawtucket -- 4-for-11 with two doubles and two walks -- while playing the middle infield positions.
He hasn't played much third early on, but does not expect that to be an issue, the sense of comfort due in part to it being his second season with the organization. This time last year, he was getting his feet under him with a new team learning a new position. This time around, there is a much greater sense of familiarity.
"I haven't gotten as many reps at third this year as opposed to last year, but the times I was over there in Spring Training I felt comfortable," Holt said. "I felt like I had actually played there before, as opposed to last year, when I had no idea what was going on.
"It wasn't too comfortable last year. This year I felt a lot better. It helped me in Spring Training, just being around the guys again and going into the season as well."
The Sunday drive was Holt's second trip to Fenway in three days, the first coming to take part in the World Series ring ceremony Friday.
"The other day when we got to come up was a great experience, an awesome day to be a part of, something I won't forget for a long time," Holt said.
Club to reassess Breslow after Monday's outing
BOSTON -- Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow will make one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday before the team reassesses when to activate him. If he's not ready, though, the Red Sox won't rush him.
"We feel like we've got a very good relief corps that is currently with us," manager John Farrell said. "The overall strike-throwing ability of the group down there is very good. And when you're pressed into using four and five guys on a given night, the ability to have two guys who can go multiple innings is key for us.
"It puts a little bit of strain and stress on the day following, which is where we are today, but we're comfortable with where we are right now."
Boston's bullpen contributed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Saturday's 7-6 loss to Milwaukee. Chris Capuano (two innings), Brandon Workman (1 2/3), Koji Uehara (one) and Junichi Tazawa (one) all had scoreless appearances before the relief corps yielded a run.
It was the latest installment of what has been a mostly strong start for the bullpen, which has allowed only one of seven inherited runners to score.
Uehara, who has struck out five in three scoreless innings, was available Sunday despite pitching three of the last four days.
• Mike Carp, who is dealing with back tightness, was available off the bench Sunday. He was scratched from the lineup Saturday, but wound up playing first base in extra innings.
"We're monitoring it and he's going to have some management of it," Farrell said. "But not to the extent of taking him away from us."
• The Red Sox are continuing to manage center fielder Grady Sizemore's workload, slotting Jackie Bradley Jr. in center for the day game after a night game, but Sizemore was also available if needed.
Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.