Stephen Drew will soon make his 2014 debut as the Red Sox have recalled him from Triple-A Pawtucket. Drew, who signed a prorated one-year, $14.1 million deal with the Sox on May 20, entered Sunday with a hit and a walk in 11 minor league plate appearances and went 1-for-3 today. He will take over at shortstop with Xander Bogaerts sliding over to third base. The Red Sox open up a three-game road series against the Indians on Monday.
The hot-hitting Brock Holt was faced with a playing time reduction, but the Sox placed Mike Carp on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right foot. Holt will get some time over at first base until Mike Napoli is ready to return from his sprained left ring finger.
The Sox also optioned Garin Cecchini back to Triple-A Pawtucket after he made his major league debut on Sunday against the Rays, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.