08/18/2007 5:47 PM ET
Red Sox purchase contract of outfielder Bobby Kielty from Triple-A Pawtucket
BOSTON, MA -- The Red Sox today purchased the contract of outfielder Bobby Kielty from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League.
Kielty, 31, will be in uniform for Boston's game with Los Angeles on Saturday and will wear #32.
To make room for Kielty, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was optioned to Pawtucket, effective after Friday night's game.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Kielty was signed by Boston to a Pawtucket contract on August 6 and batted .237 with two homers and five RBI in 10 games with the PawSox. The switch-hitter was 7-for-24 (.292) with two homers and five RBI in his last six games at Pawtucket.
Kielty batted .200 (7-35) with three RBI in 13 overall games with the Oakland A's this season. After missing most of spring training due to a cartilage tear in his left knee, he began the season with the A's but was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 1 with a strained left calf. Kielty was sent on rehab assignment on June 27 to Triple-A Sacramento, where he batted .394 (13-33) with one RBI in nine games. Kielty was activated by the A's on July 8 and was 3-for-12 in four games before being designated for assignment on July 21. He was released by Oakland on July 31.
Kielty has a career major league average of .255 with 52 homers and 244 RBI in 579 games with Minnesota (2001-03), Toronto (2003), and Oakland (2004-07). He has a career .296 (200-676) batting average versus lefthanders. Kielty established career highs in most offensive categories in 2003, when he produced 13 homers and 57 RBI in 137 games with the Twins and Blue Jays.
Ellsbury was recalled from Pawtucket prior to Friday night's game and was 0-for-3 with a walk as the starter in centerfield. Overall, he is batting .316 (6-19) in seven games over his two stints with Boston this season.