BOSTON -- As the Red Sox activated second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list before Friday night's 5-3 win over the Tigers, prospect Sam Travis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following a solid first stint in the Major Leagues.
In another roster move, the Red Sox recalled left-hander Christopher Johnson for his scheduled start on Friday and optioned right-hander Brandon Workman to Pawtucket.
In six games, Travis slashed .471/.526/.588 with two doubles.
While Travis was on the roster, he was starting at first base against lefties. For a 23-year-old who projects as a key player in the future, that isn't an ideal role for more than a short stint.
"That's part of it," said manager John Farrell. "But then again, you look at the positional fit. If it was other defensive versatility, maybe it's a different conversation. But where he's defensively at first base, those at-bats are going to be minimal unless we were to do something at the DH slot and right now that's where [Hanley Ramirez] is at."
At this point, the Red Sox have no plans to have Travis expand his defensive versatility in the Minor Leagues.
"We're trying to refine or smooth out some of the defense at first base, so to begin to compound that at other positions, I don't think he's ready for that," said Farrell.
Pedroia batted second in his return after missing 10 days with a left wrist sprain.
"I love being out there," said Pedroia. "It's tough watching."
The Red Sox went 5-5 without Pedroia on their road trip and struggled at times offensively.
What did Boston miss most about him during his brief absence?
"Just his presence at the top of the order. I think he serves many times as a visual example of our guys using the whole field, the approach at the plate," said Farrell. "I don't want to say the inspirational leader in our clubhouse, but the guy that's a gamer in every respect and having him back to us is a key for us."