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Full Article from the Boston Herald-
It looks like the Red Sox have decided to summon Jacoby Ellsbury from Pawtucket, along with Clay Buchholz. Ellsbury and Buchholz are expected to be in uniform for tomorrow’s doubleheader vs. the Angels at Fenway Park.
The moves haven’t been announced because a space on the active roster has to be made before anything becomes official. All indications point to Wily Mo Pena being traded or designated for assignment within the next 24 hours.
This is the way it will probably work out: Pena is moved (trade or DFA) and Buchholz is officially called up to start tomorrow afternoon’s game. The right-hander is then sent back to the minors after the game and Ellsbury is called up to provide Boston a full bench for the night game.
Ellsbury, who hit .375 in six games with the Sox just before the All-Star break, is on quite a roll for the PawSox. He has hit safely in 13 straight games at a .400 clip (22-for-55). The 23-year-old, who was the 23rd overall pick in the June 2005 draft, has hit .323 with 38 stolen bases in 91 combined minor-league games between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland this year. He’s hit .292 with 30 steals for the PawSox.
The Ellsbury move may be an indication that the Sox won’t be adding veteran outfielder Bobby Kielty, who was signed to a minor-league contract a week and a half ago. Kielty has had the right to leave the organization at any time after not being called up by Monday, which was the one-week anniversary of his signing.
I don’t know why they are doing this move. Ellsbury doesn’t help them against lefties. It would make since to add Kielty for that reason, especially if WMP was to get moved. Also why do it 2 weeks before the 40 man roster expansion? More to come