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Red Sox bolster infield depth with d'Arnaud

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BOSTON -- Shorthanded in the infield with both Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt on the disabled list, the Red Sox claimed utility man Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Braves on Thursday.

The 30-year-old was added to Boston's 25-man roster Friday, and right-hander Ben Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Lefty Robbie Ross Jr. and outfielder/infielder Steve Selsky had been optioned to Pawtucket the night before, opening up roster spots for d'Arnaud and Taylor.

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BOSTON -- Shorthanded in the infield with both Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt on the disabled list, the Red Sox claimed utility man Chase d'Arnaud off waivers from the Braves on Thursday.

The 30-year-old was added to Boston's 25-man roster Friday, and right-hander Ben Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Lefty Robbie Ross Jr. and outfielder/infielder Steve Selsky had been optioned to Pawtucket the night before, opening up roster spots for d'Arnaud and Taylor.

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"Given the injuries that we've sustained of late, his versatility to move around the infield gives us a little bit more flexibility in-game if those situations arise," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's a guy that's served in this role for a few years at the big league level, and more than anything, [this move is] just to create some depth and overall versatility."

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To make room for d'Arnaud on the 40-man roster, righty reliever Carson Smith was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Smith, who is less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, has been limited to flat-ground work only over the last couple of weeks.

"He's had to slow down," Farrell said. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, he was throwing the ball well. And as a result, there's been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So we've had to back him off, and he's back into long toss, he's thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We're hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes."

Originally, the Red Sox hoped Smith might be able to be activated by June. But his latest bout of soreness could push his return later into the summer.

"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different," Farrell said. "In this case we've had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."

A right-handed hitter, d'Arnaud played in 11 games for the Braves this season, going 3-for-8 (.375) with two walks and five runs scored. He batted .245 with one home run and 21 RBIs in 84 games for Atlanta in 2016.

Worth noting

• Second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after missing three straight games due to the hard slide he sustained at second base from Baltimore's Manny Machado. Pedroia had been dealing with left knee and ankle soreness.

"While there's still some residual soreness in there, he's cleared and ready to play," Farrell said. "He's also taken a couple of foul balls off that shin, so it's not a pretty sight, but it's playable."

• Holt, sidelined with vertigo, had a productive work day on Thursday and could start a Minor League rehab assignment within the next couple of days. There is no timetable yet for Sandoval, who has a right knee sprain.

"Still in the early stages of the rehab from range of motion to strengthening, getting some of the swelling that's in there removed," Farrell said. "No date yet where he would begin baseball activities. So that's where he's at."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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