TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 6: Nate Spears #71 of the Boston Red Sox stikes out in his first MLB at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at the Rogers Centre September 6, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
In an array of roster moves this evening, the Boston Red Sox found themselves designating super-utility man Nate Spears for assignment, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. The move was made in order to make room on the 40-man roster for all the call ups.
Nate Spears was only on the 40-man roster for one week, serving as a "just in case" player. The 26-year-old Spears hit .248/.355/.397 with 8 homers in 378 plate appearances down in Triple-A this year. He should clear waivers, and return to Class Triple-A Pawtucket soon.
The call ups feature outfielder Joey Gathright, shortstop Jose Iglesias, first baseman Lars Anderson, right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa, and left-handed reliever Trever Miller. Gathright and Miller will replace Nate Spears and J.D. Drew (transferred onto the 60-day DL today) on the 40-man roster.
The Red Sox wanted speed on the roster, and they'll get just that in Joey Gathright and Jose Iglesias.