BOSTON – Third baseman Garin Cecchini was called up Tuesday afternoon, taking the roster spot of Grady Sizemore, who was designated for assignment.
This is Cecchini’s second stint with the Sox, after making his major league debut on June 1 against the Rays, when he RBI double as his first career hit. He returned to Triple-A Pawtucket after that game.
Cecchini, 23, is a fourth-round pick of the Sox in 2010 out of Alfred M. Barbe High in Lake Charles, La. In 62 games with the PawSox this season, he is batting .263 with a team-leading 56 hits in 213 at-bats, including eight doubles, two triples, and 24 RBI. He leads the PawSox with a .344 on-base percentage and posted the International League’s longest on-base streak of the season, reaching in 29 consecutive games from April 18-May 22.
He will be available off the bench, manager John Farrell said. Whether he would be available to play any other position beside third base, the only defensive position he’s played in four minor league seasons, is unlikely.
“We’d have to go through probably a number of options or changes within a game to get to that,” Farrell said. “So not going to rule it out but would be at third base first.”