The Boston Red Sox tried to boost their infield Friday, reacquiring shortstop Alex Gonzalez and cash from the Cincinnati Reds for minor-league infielder Kris Negron.
The Red Sox made the trade a week after putting shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with an irritated left forearm. Last month, they traded shortstop Julio Lugo to St. Louis.
Boston is in contention for the AL East and wild-card spots, and had been playing Nick Green at shortstop.
“A guy who can catch the ball like Gonzie is probably really going to help us,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “That’s the whole idea. … This does nothing to diminish how we feel about (Lowrie) but at the same time we’ve lost him a couple times. There’s no guarantees. I think we need to protect our season. … We’re just trying to win right now.”
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Gonzalez will join the Red Sox for tonight’s game in Texas. He hurried out of the Cincinnati clubhouse without commenting. He is hitting .210 with three home runs and 26 RBI this season.
Gonzalez, 32, played for Boston in 2006, hitting .255 with 50 RBI and setting a team record for shortstops with a .985 fielding percentage. He then signed a three-year contract with the Reds, a deal that included a mutual option for the 2010 season.
Francona said the team would make a roster move after Friday night’s game against Texas to open a spot for Gonzalez.
Eckstein still resents Cards
This is David Eckstein’s second trip back to the town where he was a World Series MVP in 2006. Lingering resentment remains over his departure.
The Padres’ second baseman wants to have a chat with Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak to clear the air about soured negotiations after the 2007 season. Eckstein got a one-year free-agent deal with Toronto after he said the Cardinals never made an offer while spreading rumors he wanted too much money.
Eckstein blamed Mozeliak, while careful not to use his name.
“I just had a problem about the way the one person went about it,” Eckstein said before a three-game series in St. Louis. “It was kind of attacking my character and my agent’s character. Just tell the truth: You don’t want me.”
Beltran inches forward
Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran is expected to shag fly balls again today in an effort to test his bruised right knee.
If everything goes well, Beltran could try running the bases before going on a minor-league rehab assignment. The All-Star slugger has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a bone bruise on the knee.
Beltran took fly balls on the field hours before New York hosted the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. He declined to talk about it afterward, sending word through Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz that he was satisfied with the workout and would have more to say Saturday.
“Looked better,” said manager Jerry Manuel, who watched part of Beltran’s session. “Much better.”
Padres pitcher Chris Young, out since mid-June with shoulder inflammation, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday in San Diego. The procedure could sideline the 6-foot-10 right-hander (5-6 with a 5.21 ERA) the rest of the season. … The Texas Rangers prepared to open a three-game series against Boston by reinstating second baseman Ian Kinsler from the disabled list. The Rangers also put slugging outfielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day DL with a sprained left ankle. The move was retroactive to Aug. 4. Kinsler went on the DL with a strained left hamstring Aug. 2, retroactive to July 29. He’s coming off a two-day injury rehabilitation stint with Double-A Frisco. He’s batting .242 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI. Cruz is a first-time All-Star batting .269 with 25 homers and 58 RBI. . … The Chicago White Sox placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right oblique muscle. Getz was initially thought to have a groin injury, but manager Ozzie Guillen said the team eventually ruled that out and changed the diagnosis. The move is retroactive to Aug. 12, meaning the White Sox will be without their talented rookie infielder until they begin a key road series at the New York Yankees later this month. Chicago called up infielder Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Charlotte. … The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed first-round draft pick Bobby Borchering to a minor league contract that includes a $1.8 million signing bonus. The third baseman from Fort Myers, Fla., was the 16th pick overall.