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.