The Red Sox have signed veteran infielder Ryan Roberts to a Major-League contract today and have added him to the 25-man roster.
The 33-year old spent the entire 2013 season with the Tampa Bay Rays splitting time between AAA and the Major League level.
The need for a move escalated over the weekend after the team added starting third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the 15-day disabled list.
Middlebrooks has been diagnosed with a Grade-1 calf strain and now joins outfielder Shane Victorino on the DL.
The injury to Middlebrooks is not considered to be serious, but is expected to keep the slugger sidelined for up to three weeks.
The addition of Roberts gives the Sox some much needed infield bench depth and a viable short-term injury replacement for Middlebrooks.
Roberts is capable of playing six positions, but has seen the bulk of his playing time at third base with 1,737 innings logged over 217 games including 195 starts.
At third base, for his career, Roberts features a 5.9 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) and a .958 fielding percentage.
In 2013, Roberts hit .247 with five home runs and 17 RBI over 60 games for the Rays.
To make room for Roberts on the roster, the Red Sox optioned Brock Holt to AAA Pawtucket and transferred pitcher Steven Wright to the 60-Day DL.
New Sox utility man Jonathan Herrera will make his third-straight start at third base tonight against the Texas Rangers.