7/23/2014 7:17 P.M. ET
After playing in 59 straight, Holt gets breather
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Brock Holt, who led the American League with 533 innings in the field since his May 17 recall from Triple-A, was not in the starting lineup Wednesday as the Red Sox faced the Blue Jays.
The versatile leadoff hitter had appeared in 59 straight games, meriting a rest, said manager John Farrell.
"Given [how he's performed], you never like to take any player out that's doing extremely well," he said. "And yet, you feel like he's played every inning since sometime back in May, and we felt like the last couple of days you're starting to see it a little in his play. He's deserving of a day off."
Holt, who entered Wednesday hitting .321 with three homers and 23 RBIs, led the Majors in hits with 77 since assuming the leadoff role on May 23. The 26-year-old was first among American League rookies in batting average and OBP (.366) entering Wednesday.
He's also proven to be flexible in the field, having played at every position except pitcher and catcher. That's been an asset for the Red Sox, who've leveraged his utility to give players days off.
"His versatility has been a silver lining for us in our year to date," said Farrell.
Shane Victorino was in the leadoff spot Wednesday, and Jackie Bradley Jr. was back in center field after getting Tuesday off.
Peavy aware of trade talks, but focus is on field
TORONTO -- Jake Peavy is trying not to let all the trade talk affect his performance on the mound, but the Red Sox right-hander is aware his name is frequently mentioned as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
Peavy, who took the loss Tuesday against the Blue Jays, has been the subject of trade speculation for several weeks. He said he's done his best to keep those thoughts out of mind when he's at the park.
"When I get here, and I hope you guys realize it, I'm all here," he said. "I'll be here [Wednesday], getting my work done, getting ready for my next start. I'm aware of it, and I'm kept abreast through my team of representation."
Peavy (1-9) was acquired by the Red Sox last year in a three-way deal. Since joining Boston, the 33-year-old has gone 5-10 through 30 regular-season starts dating back to last August. He hasn't won since April 25.
Part of his struggles stem from a lack of run support. Peavy's 3.15 run support average is the lowest among qualified American League starters. But he's also surrendered the most homers in the AL (20) and owns a 4.78 ERA over his last 10 starts.
"I feel fine. I'm healthy. I've got a lot of baseball left in me. If I'm here, I'm going to find out a way to win, I promise you that," he said. "If I go somewhere else, I expect to do the same. I'll give everything I have to wherever I show up to play."
• David Ross was out of the lineup Wednesday after leaving late in Tuesday night's game. The veteran catcher has been coping with a heel injury since Spring Training, Farrell said, and though he's managed it well, it was causing enough discomfort to merit a pinch-runner after his ninth-inning single.
Farrell said he expects Ross to be back in the lineup Friday against the Rays. Ross said he's been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
• Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen had a second interview Tuesday for the general manager role with the Padres.
Farrell said Wednesday that Hazen has proved himself ready for the next opportunity.
"When and where, that remains to be seen, but he's spent time on the scouting side, run a farm system, and he's been heavily involved at the Major League level here. The next progressive step is to lead his own organization," Farrell said.
The Padres are working through their last round of interviews with four finalists before deciding on a successor for Josh Byrnes, who was dismissed June 22.
Hazen started with the Indians as their assistant director of Minor League operations in 2004 before moving to the Red Sox in '07 as director of player development. He was promoted to his current position in 2012.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.