BOSTON -- Ryan Lavarnway hit a game-winning three-run home run for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday night, clinching the PawSox International League North title, and more good news only followed.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the catcher/designated hitter will be added to the big league club on Monday. Since he was on the roster prior to Aug. 31, he is eligible for the postseason roster, though it would seem a stretch to include him along with Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Francona said Lavarnway will be the only Pawtucket player called up on Monday, since the skipper wants to make sure he's not taking away from the PawSox roster unless the big league team really needs the extra man.
"We can let them finish their season out," he said. "If we need somebody, we can always go get them. We could call up seven guys and have them sit here, or you could let them play there and get regular innings and regular at-bats -- and if we need them, we'll call them up."
Count outfielder Ryan Kalish as one who will not be added to the Red Sox at any point this year, as the 23-year-old was set to undergo season-ending surgery on his neck on Thursday. Even Josh Reddick, who has been competing with Kalish for outfield supremacy in the organizational depth chart, can feel for the poor luck Kalish has suffered. In addition to the lingering neck pain, Kalish has also dealt with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder this season.
"Once I found out the news [of neck surgery] it kind of just sent me to the floor," Reddick said. "Any teammate that happens to like that, you're never going to be happy about it, despite me and him both in the outfield.
"It's great to have buddies like that, despite the competition with each other. It makes it that much more fun, being that me and him are kind of the same player."
Lowrie, Reddick nursing ailments on bench
BOSTON -- Neither Josh Reddick nor Jed Lowrie were in Sunday's lineup against the Rangers after both were forced out of Saturday's 12-7 victory with injuries.
Lowrie left with tightness in his left shoulder, the same hindrance that forced him to spend nearly two months on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season. Manager Terry Francona said he expects Lowrie to be fine, but Reddick -- who was hit by a pitch on the left hand after going 4-for-4 -- may have to miss some more time."Red is pretty sore," Francona said. "Again, structurally he's fine. He just got a pretty good bruise. I think what we'll do is certainly stay away from him today, let him concentrate on the ice and whatever they want to do in there as opposed to him trying to pick up a bat and come back a day too early and then he struggles for a while."
Francona said the team hopes to have Reddick available Monday, when the Red Sox head to Toronto to begin a four-game series.
Conor Jackson got his first start in right field since being acquired from the A's, while Marco Scutaro was back at shortstop after resting for two straight days.
Aviles stepping up in big spots for Red Sox
BOSTON -- Mike Aviles entered Saturday's game as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning and roped a bases-loaded single to break a tie with Texas on the way to a 12-7 win.
"That was a huge at-bat," manager Terry Francona said before Sunday's series finale with the Rangers. "Because of [Jed Lowrie leaving the game], we had no choice. He's got to go in the game. But then they bring in [right-handed submarine pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama] -- that's not a great matchup. And he rifles that ball into right field and keeps the inning alive so Carl [Crawford] can hit, that was huge."
Crawford smacked his first grand slam in a Red Sox uniform in the very next at-bat, making Aviles' hit all the more important. Since being acquired from the Royals, Aviles is 19-for-57 (.333) with three doubles and four stolen bases.
Perhaps more importantly, he's spent most of his time at shortstop, allowing Marco Scutaro to rest for the stretch run and Lowrie to play third base while Kevin Youkilis was injured.
"He's gone out [to shortstop] probably as much as anywhere else," Francona said. "And coming back from the arm [injury -- Aviles had Tommy John surgery in 2009], that's probably the thing that was going to be last to come. He's handled that very well."
Red Sox hurlers lead Majors in hit batsmen
BOSTON -- It took John Lackey one inning in Sunday's game with the Rangers before he hit yet another batter, grazing the jersey of Josh Hamilton to give Lackey a Major League-leading 18 hit batters this season.
It's been a trend the Red Sox have continued all season, as their 73 hit batsmen easily lead the Majors (the next highest, Toronto, entered Sunday with 66).
"It's probably an indication of a couple things," explained manager Terry Francona. "I think one is you need to pitch in aggressively or these big, strong guys are going to kill you. And then there's probably times where we've had some guys that haven't commanded."
One of those guys is Alfredo Aceves, who, despite pitching most of the season out of relief, has hit 11 batters this season, tied with teammate Jon Lester and Detroit's Doug Fister for fourth most in the American League.
"His stuff is so good, but he doesn't always throw the ball where he's trying to," Francona said. "If you go back and look at his video, it doesn't always follow the glove but his stuff is good. And he'll scatter a fastball too. Maybe it helps. Maybe guys don't get real comfortable in there."
Terry Francona said he has spoken with Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who has been fighting pneumonia but told Francona he expects to be back with the team on Monday when the Red Sox travel to Toronto.
When both Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles have played in the infield together, it's been Aviles at shortstop while Lowrie mans the hot corner. Francona said he thinks Lowrie is a better third baseman than shortstop and Aviles has quicker movements.
Though Kevin Youkilis entered Sunday's game 0-for-8 since returning from the DL, Francona believes the third baseman has looked healthy and the time off did him good. "His last two at-bats yesterday were terrific," the skipper said. "He had two lineouts. ... If somebody sits for a couple of weeks, it's going to help their body, for sure."
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has played his longest season in the Majors, registering his 88th game on Sunday. Saltalamacchia already has 20 doubles and 14 jacks to his name this season, establishing career highs in both.
Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.