With Papi back, Lavarnway likely to stay put

With Papi back, Lavarnway likely to stay put

With Papi back, Lavarnway likely to stay put
ARLINGTON -- With designated hitter David Ortiz back in Boston's lineup, Ryan Lavarnway no longer has a starting spot. Though the Red Sox could send the highly-touted catching prospect back to the Minors for the remainder of the Triple-A season, manager Terry Francona sounds as if he'd be more inclined to keep him around.

That could change, of course, if another roster need develops.

"We definitely want to keep him here through tonight, just to make sure David is OK, plus I don't know that we really have a move that's cut and dry," Francona said. "And he might pinch hit. We have six days until the 31st, but that's something we'll probably talk about. I think we'd like to keep him here. If something happened and we couldn't, we may have to return him. But I think we'd just as soon keep him here. It's not like it's April and he has 100 at-bats. This guy's got a full season under his belt."

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