The Red Sox announced on Thursday night that the club acquired 1B/OF Steve Pearce from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal.
Pearce, 35, was recently recalled from Triple-A Buffalo after completing a rehab assignment. When he has played in the majors this season, he has hit .291/.349/.519 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
Espinal, 23, hit .314/.364/.478 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 280 plate appearances at High-A Salem. He has mostly played second base but has also played third base and shortstop.
The Red Sox signed Brandon Phillips to a minor league deal on Wednesday, so the club is clearly stocking up on infield depth.
The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.
With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.