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Red Sox Notes: Holt in Center, Workman's Status, Victorino's Progress and More

BOSTON -- Every day it seems bring a new ‘first’ for Brock Holt. On Tuesday, it is his first time playing center field. With Jackie Bradley, Jr., getting a day off, Holt will make his career debut in center, batting leadoff.

Jonny Gomes is in left field, batting seventh, with Daniel Nava in right, batting sixth against Twins righthander Phil Hughes.

"[Holt has] done an excellent job on both sides of the ball,” manager John Farrell said. “Felt like with Hughes going tonight where righthanders have had better success against him this year, looking to add Jonny to the mix today.”

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• The Sox are still awaiting word from Major League Baseball on the appeal of Brandon Workman’s six-game suspension, which was heard on Friday. Workman is scheduled to make his next start Friday at Oakland. If the Sox get the decision before then, a roster move will have to be made, likely activating lefthander Felix Doubront from the disabled list.

Manager John Farrell said he is not frustrated by the lack of news.

“No, no frustration,” he said. “We’ve communicated directly with Brandon that just stay the course until deemed otherwise. We know his next scheduled start is Friday. We’ve got other options in place when we need to put those in motions. So we’ll adjust when word comes down.”

• Right fielder Shane Victorino, on the DL since May 24 with a right hamstring strain, is scheduled to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday. He went 0-for-2, playing five innings Monday at Rochester.

“He got down the lien good on a groundball out, wasn’t’ really challenged in the outfield,” Farrell said. “Played five innings, he’s set for seven tonight. So there really hasn’t been a whole lot of physical challenging going on right now.”

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the DL since May 17 with a fractured right index finger is also scheduled to continue his rehab assignment tonight. He went 0-for-2, playing four innings at third base on Monday. Farrell said Middlebrooks is still expected to get some time in the outfield.

“Yeah, at some point,” Farrell said. “As we mentioned to Will, we’ll take look at it and the one thing we want to be clear on, is this isn’t a matter of long-term position change. It’s just a matter of taking a look at some flexibility.”

• Outfielder Andres Torres, 36, who signed with the Sox as a free agent on June 11, is working out with Low-A Lowell.

"He's been working in Lowell, working on getting in baseball shape,’ general manager Ben Cherington said. “He's still in that phase and getting him ready for games. It's weeks not months, but can't put an exact time.

"It's always hard to find good bats we have some here and hopefully it continues to get better than what they have been. Funny thing is we want as many good players as we can get. The more good hitters the more runs you score. It's up for us to always look for that. It's an ongoing thing. Its unusual not to score runs at Fenway Park. Even when the teams hasn't been good it's always something Red Sox teams have done. It's been a combination of things. We'll keep trying to find solutions for it.”