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."