The Sox officially signed Podsednik on Friday, less than two weeks after they dealt him to the D-backs in a deal on July 31 involving Matt Albers and Craig Breslow. Podsednik was in the lineup in left field, batting ninth, Friday night against the Indians.
To make room for Podsednik on the active roster, Boston optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Pawtucket.
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"I enjoyed my time here [the first time]," Podsednik said. "I know these guys, they know me. It's a good fit, and it's another opportunity for me to play at this level. It was a no-brainer."
Just days after joining the D-backs, the club decided to send Podsednik to Triple-A Reno. The veteran outfielder refused, cleared waivers and became a free agent.
Podsednik had been in Boston since his release, and he was scheduled to fly home to Texas on Thursday. But just before he did, he got a call from the Red Sox.
"A guy in my position, being free in the middle of August, I don't have a lot of options here," Podsednik said. "Just an opportunity to play at this level is what I was looking for. I can't be that picky."
The 36-year-old Podsednik hit .387 with a home run and seven RBIs in 19 games for the Sox. He'll continue to serve as Boston's fourth outfielder in his return since Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are now back from injury. Manager Bobby Valentine said Podsednik will get time in both left and right field.
"We felt like it was just a little upgrade over the way Ryan was performing," Valentine said of the reason for the move. "Maybe we'll get a little upgrade, and an experienced guy who's used to not playing all the time."
Kalish, 24, hit .203 with five RBIs in 25 games this season. He was just 3-for-19 with a double in seven games since being recalled on July 31.
"Ryan is a very good player who was a little lost this time around," Valentine said. "He couldn't quite get on track, and we want to make sure that he gets some consecutive at-bats and feels good about himself before he comes back."