The Red Sox are going to add outfielder Rob Refsnyder to their major-league roster this weekend, according to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo and Christopher Smith.
Refsnyder, who was with Triple-A Worcester in Buffalo, flew from western New York to Anaheim on Thursday but did not make it in time to be activated for the Red Sox’ series finale against the Angels at Angel Stadium.
The 31-year-old is therefore expected to be added to to the big-league roster ahead of Boston’s three-game series in Seattle that begins Friday night. The Red Sox will subsequently need to open a spot on the 26- and 40-man roster for Refsnyder, though they could do both at the same time by designating a player on the major-league roster for assignment.
Boston originally signed Refsnyder to a minor-league deal last December. The right-handed hitter made a brief cameo with the club in late April, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI, and one walk while appearing in three games as a COVID-related substitute. The Sox did not need to expose Refsnyder to waivers when they removed him from the 40-man roster and returned him to Worcester on April 29.
With the WooSox this season, Refsnyder has excelled to the tune of a .306/.429/.524 slash line to go along with 14 doubles, six home runs, 28 RBIs, 31 runs scored, four stolen bases, 28 walks, and 42 strikeouts over 42 games spanning 182 plate appearances.
On the other side of the ball, the 6-foot, 205 pounder has seen playing time at both center and right field. He does have past experience in left field and around the infield (sans shortstop) as well.
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