BOSTON -- For the last decade, David Ortiz was as close to a fixture as one could be at the All-Star Game, representing the Red Sox in nine of the last 10 seasons.
This season, Ortiz will actually get an All-Star break, in part because he wanted one. Also, Ortiz acknowledged to his manager that other sluggers around the league were more deserving this year.
John Farrell, who will manage the American League squad, indicated both Sunday and Monday that he probably would have found a way to get Ortiz on the team if his slugger had wanted to go.
"Yeah, we spoke about it a couple of days prior to the roster being submitted," said Farrell. "Out of respect to David, I wanted to get his thoughts, and I just felt like he recognized that there were other guys ahead of him with the years that they were having. At the same time, if it's in question, his being named to the team, he'd much rather get the days of rest."
With that in mind, when Farrell named his first replacement to the team on Monday, he chose Seattle's Kyle Seager to replace the injured Edwin Encarnacion.
"The All-Star Game is something where you've got a lot of choices and there are a lot of guys doing really well," said Ortiz. "Me and John, we had a conversation, and I'm a big fan of guys that have a really, really good first half making it to the All-Star Game. There are a couple of guys ahead of me this year at my position.
"And me and John, we had that conversation, he asked me how I feel about it, and I said, 'Hey, I just don't feel like taking those guys' places.' I don't think it's fair. You've got guys like Nelson Cruz and Victor [Martinez] and Encarnacion having unbelievable seasons. They don't have as many as All-Stars Games as I have. I just keep it real. They're having better seasons than what I'm having, and they deserve it."
Carp reinstated, Herrera optioned to Triple-A
BOSTON -- The Red Sox brought Mike Carp back to the mix on Monday, as the left-handed hitter returned from the right foot fracture that had sidelined him since June 1.
The activation of Carp came at the expense of utility man Jonathan Herrera, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
"He's done a lot of good things," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Herrera. "He fits the role to a T, the utility role. It was a difficult conversation. He's a quality person, quality player. Stayed prepared and contributed when asked in the role that he was in."
Herrera was demoted just two days after his first career walkoff hit beat the Orioles.
"He occupies a role that's difficult -- to sit for seven or eight days and come in and play to the efficiency that he did," said Farrell. "We clearly view him as a Major League player and I would expect he would be back with us at some point this season."
With the Red Sox playing against lefty starters from Tuesday through Thursday, Carp could be used sparingly in his first few days back with the club. He was not in the lineup on Monday.
The stack up of lefties will provide an opportunity for Mookie Betts to get back in the mix.
The prospect has been out of the lineup for three of the last four days.
Even with Herrera gone, Farrell said that all of the playing time Betts gets will be in the outfield. Brock Holt, who is playing regularly in the outfield, will back up in the infield when the need arises.
De La Rosa a candidate to start Wednesday
BOSTON -- There has been no official announcement by the Red Sox about who will pitch on Wednesday against the White Sox. But the club dropped a strong hint that it will be righty Rubby De La Rosa.
In his start for Triple-A Pawtucket, De La Rosa was pulled after just one inning.
"We took him out so he would be a candidate for sure," said manager John Farrell. "He and [Anthony] Ranaudo have been throwing the ball well there. But Rubby was shortened for the specific purpose of being a candidate for Wednesday."
When Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list, De La Rosa did a standout job in the rotation, going 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts.
It would not be surprising to see De La Rosa become a regular member of Boston's rotation at some point in the near future.