BOSTON -- The Red Sox will welcome a familiar face back into the clubhouse on Monday in Minneapolis, when first baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson is promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Anderson spent time on the Major League roster the last two seasons, hitting .175 with no homers and four RBIs in 40 at-bats.
The prospect has been knocking on the door for a couple of years and had a big Spring Training, hitting .343 with one homer and eight RBIs.
Anderson will fill the roster spot vacated by outfielder Jason Repko, who is going on the disabled list with a separation of his left shoulder, an injury sustained making a spectacular catch on Friday against the Yankees.
A first baseman by trade, Anderson started getting some reps in the outfield during Spring Training, and he's played there a bit for Pawtucket.
"We'll talk to him about it," said manager Bobby Valentine. "We'll get the reports. He's here in case I want to use him in the outfield, maybe as a pinch-hitter, left-handed bat."
In other health news, third baseman Kevin Youkilis has recovered nicely from a left quad contusion that knocked him out of Saturday's game against the Yankees. He would have started on Sunday had the game not been rained out.
Red Sox newcomer Byrd 'ready to win'
BOSTON -- Marlon Byrd reported to his new home just in time for a rainout against the Yankees, but he'll be ready to go for the Red Sox when they get to Minneapolis for a three-game series that starts against the Twins on Monday night at 8:10 ET.
Among Byrd's first priorities will be to snap out of the early-season funk he was in with the Cubs, with whom he produced just three hits -- all singles -- in 43 at-bats.
"I was swinging very well, but when you look up there and don't see results, it's hard to tell," Byrd said. "My last game, I hit the ball hard three times -- two at people, and the last one was a great catch by Jay Bruce. It's just baseball; you've got to keep plugging away."
By coming to Boston, the veteran outfielder hopes he can finally see what it feels like to play for a team that reaches the postseason.
"It's nice -- real nice," said Byrd. "I went through a building mode in Philly, a rebuilding mode in Washington, a rebuilding mode in Texas. Philly ended up winning. Texas is winning. And then Chicago, I came there with the thought of winning and it just didn't work out. To come over to a team that is ready to win, it's a great feeling. I haven't been to the playoffs -- that's one of my goals, to get to the playoffs this year."
With Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury both on the disabled list, Byrd is hoping to help fill that void.
"Things happen for a reason," Byrd said. "Of course they didn't want Jacoby getting hurt, but there's a reason that I'm over here. While I am over here, I'm going to make sure I do everything I can, bring my energy, play hard, play my defense, hopefully get some big hits and just get this team back on the right track."
Byrd made assurances that he holds no ill will toward new teammate Alfredo Aceves, who hit the outfielder just above the right eye last May, causing fractures that left him out of the lineup for nearly six weeks.
"Yeah, I talked to him," Byrd said. "He sent over his apologies last year when it happened, right away. Also, he sent them to the clubhouse, sent them to the hospital. And I accepted. We haven't talked yet, but there's nothing to talk about. It wasn't anything malicious. He wasn't trying to hit me.
"With [former Red Sox catcher Jason] Varitek, I know he likes going in, up high with two strikes. The ball just slipped out. I didn't get out of the way. It's just one of those things. We're teammates now."
Valentine says he needs to do better
BOSTON -- Following Saturday's crushing loss to the Yankees, in which the Red Sox blew a nine-run lead, general manager Ben Cherington praised manager Bobby Valentine for the job he has done early in the season.
But rather than accept the pat on the back, Valentine said he needs to do better.
The Red Sox are 4-10 as they head to Minneapolis for the start of a seven-game road trip.
"I'm not satisfied with the job [I've done]," said Valentine. "I don't need to hear from Ben or ownership or fans or anyone else. I need to do better. In every way."
Valentine says you just need to look at the standings to see what kind of job he's done.
"The record is the only thing I'm judged on," he said. "That's kind of how I judge myself. Pretty high standard. There's been some good things. Just like players. Some of the guys who are in slumps have actually played pretty well at times. I don't accept four wins in 14 games."
After Saturday's game, Cherington, assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran, owner John Henry and team president/CEO Larry Lucchino huddled with Valentine.
"I think when people get together and discuss what is a real situation or a problem, the best comes out of it," Valentine said. "You figure out collectively things that should be done, always."