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Sox Notes: Allen Craig Out, Steven Wright In, Brock Holt Everywhere

Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports

BOSTON – It's been a relatively quiet day after the whirlwind of trades and roster moves the last few days. But there are still a few things to report before the series finale against the Yankees at Fenway Park:

• Allen Craig is not in the lineup for the second straight day after landing awkwardly on the first base bag with his left foot trying to beat out a double play in the eighth inning of Friday’s game. He is considered day-to-day. That is the same foot he sprained last September, which has continued to bother him this season. The Sox are hopeful he can get back in the lineup for the three-game series at St. Louis against his former team, which begins Tuesday.
• Manager John Farrell did not want to use the word "platoon" for the third base situation, but he said Brock Holt would play on the left side of the infield and in center field. “The better way to describe it is from those three positions, he’s going to get nearly every day at-bats,” Farrell said. Holt is expected to play on the right side of the infield against right-handed starting pitchers, and in center field against lefties.
• Steven Wright was called up to give the bullpen a fresh arm, with Alex Wilson, who pitched 2 1/3 innings on Saturday going back to Triple-A Pawtucket. The knuckleballer Wright, who has been starting for the PawSox, could be the long reliever.
• Mike Carp, who was designated for assignment on Friday, was claimed on waivers by the Rangers. Teams can put in waiver claims in reverse order of standings within the designating team’s league, and then in reverse order in the other league. So, the Rangers were the first team eligible to claim him.
• Farrell said right-hander Allen Webster, who had a difficult outing Saturday against the Yankees, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six walks and two hits in the third, will remain in the rotation. “He’s not as far away as he might seem” based on that outing, Farrell said.

“He has a tendency to lead with his body a little bit more, and it kind of spiraled in a way yesterday with him. As that inning was unfolding he started leading more and more with his body, and his arm had an inability to catch up consistently to get his release point out front.

“The line score doesn’t lie but he’s a small adjustment away from being in the strike zone more consistently.”

• Farrell said further examinations confirmed the plantar fascia tendon of David Ross’ right foot did rupture. The Sox are hopeful Ross can come back when his 15-day DL stint is up.
• Catcher Christian Vazquez will get most of the starts behind the plate. But Daniel Butler, who was called up on Saturday when Ross was placed on the DL, could get a start in the three-game series at the Angles which begins on Friday. For Butler, who joined the Sox as an undrafted free agent in July 2009, it would be his major league debut.
• Eight different rookies have combined to make 295 starts for the Sox this season, most in the majors. The two rookies with the most starts in the majors this season are Xander Bogaerts, with 99, and Jackie Bradley, with 94. Brock Holt has made 70 starts. Before this season, the last Sox rookie to make as many as 70 starts in a season with Jacoby Ellsbury with 129 in 2008.
• Shane Victorino is traveling today to meet with spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday. Surgery is a possibility, which would likely be within a matter of days.
• Third base coach Brian Butterfield was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame today. He was born in Bangor and resides in Orono. He attended the University of Maine as a freshman, when he played basketball and baseball.
• This will be Derek Jeter’s 2,700th career regular season game.

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