SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Patterson, the utility player the Red Sox acquired from the Oakland A's on Saturday, is expected to be activated for Tuesday night's home game against the Rays.
Though Patterson lives in the San Francisco area, there were logistical reasons he couldn't report to the club for Sunday's game. Patterson might fly back to Boston with the Red Sox, though that was still being ironed out in the hours leading up to Sunday's game.
He will help out at second base and the outfield, perhaps sharing time with Bill Hall. The Red Sox are without starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the next several weeks. Pedroia suffered a non-displaced fracture in the navicular bone of his left foot Friday night.
"We want to get [Patterson] here and work him out at second because what he really gives us is, hopefully, is a lot of versatility," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He can play the outfield, he can play second. Billy can kind of do the same thing. Maybe they complement each other. I don't know if, before I've even met a kid, I'm going to say it's going to be a straight platoon. I know what his numbers say, he's better against righties. Some of it may be our health, how we're doing. We've been kind of piecing it together and getting production, so we're going to try to keep doing that."