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08/01/2006 7:04 PM ET
Red Sox announce several roster moves
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today made the following roster moves:

• Recalled righthanded pitcher Jason Johnson (#18) from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League.

• Purchased the contract of catcher Ken Huckaby (#40) from Pawtucket.

• Placed catcher Jason Varitek on the 15-day disabled list, effective today, with an injured left knee.

• Designated first baseman Hee-Seop Choi, who was on option to Pawtucket, for assignment.

Johnson, who will start tonight's game versus Cleveland at Fenway Park, is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts at Pawtucket, issuing one run in 14 innings in his last two outings. He also made one start at Single-A Wilmington of the Carolina League (1-0, 5.14) after being optioned to the minors by Boston on July 10.

The righthander is 3-10 with a 6.35 ERA in 16 major league starts in 2006. He was 3-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 14 starts with Cleveland before acquired by the Red Sox on June 21 for a cash consideration or player to be named. Johnson was 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in two starts for the Red Sox, losing at Florida on June 30 and at Tampa Bay on July 5, both by 5-2 scores. He is 55-96 with a 4.98 ERA in 231 major league appearances, 215 of them being starts with Pittsburgh (1997), Tampa Bay (1998), Baltimore (1999-2003), Detroit (2004-05), Cleveland (2006), and Boston (2006).

Huckaby, 35, is batting .207 (45-217) with two homers and 16 RBI in 68 games with Pawtucket this season. Signed by Boston as a free agent in December 2005, the righthanded batter has a .223 career average with three homers and 30 RBI in 153 major league games with Arizona (2001), Toronto (2002-03; 2005), Texas (2004), and Baltimore (2004).

Varitek injured his knee while running the bases in the second inning of Monday's game with Cleveland. He underwent testing and further examination today and more information is expected to be available following tonight's game.

Choi was claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 24 and was placed on the disabled list on April 1 (retroactive to March 29) with a left hamstring strain. He was sent to Pawtucket on rehab assignment on April 4 and optioned to Pawtucket on May 4. Choi is batting .207 with eight homers and 27 RBI in 66 games with the PawSox this season. He has a .240 major league career average in 363 games with the Cubs, Marlins, and Dodgers.
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