By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET – Quintin Berry wasn’t supposed to be with the Pawtucket Red Sox for very long. The fact the outfielder learned Saturday night that he will join the Red Sox on Sunday proved just that.
Summoned in PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina’s office following a 2-1 loss to Syracuse at McCoy Stadium, Berry received word that he would not be making the bus ride to Lehigh Valley, nor will the outfielder be joining Pawtucket in its quest to win back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles. The outfielder figures to serve as a late-game base-stealing option for manager John Farrell, a role that helped make Dave Roberts a household name and earned Joey Gathright two stints with the Red Sox (2009, 2011).
“I’m blessed and I’m going to do whatever I can to help and pull my weight for this great opportunity that they’re giving me,” said Berry, who was acquired from Kansas City earlier in the week in exchange for converted starter Clayton Mortensen. “I know my role will probably be coming off the bench, to run and stuff and get that bag.”
The 28-year-old Berry has endured a roller coaster of a 2013 campaign (More about that here: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/pawsox-newcomer-berry-adds-more-speed- ...). Despite playing for three different Class AAA affiliates and hitting .191 in 100 games, Berry ended up stealing 30 bases while getting caught just four times.
“There were certain points of the year that I thought I would never get back,” said Berry, who was perfect in stolen bases for Detroit a year ago (21-for-21 in 94 games).
PawSox fans saw firsthand what kind of impact Berry can make with the game on the line. His walk and stolen base in the bottom of the ninth of Friday’s division-clinching affair helped set up Justin Henry, who singling in Berry with the game-ending run.
“That’s what I want to do. It was such a good feeling to have just done that and hopefully that can continue,” said Berry. “I want to make games turn our way in the end. If I get on, I want to get that extra bag and have someone else drive me in.”
The Red Sox will need to add Berry to the 40-man roster. In order for him to be eligible for the postseason roster, he would have to be placed on the roster before the clock strikes midnight and the calendar officially flips to Sept. 1.
Berry will get a chance against Detroit – the team that designated him for assignment in June – beginning Monday when the Tigers invade Fenway Park for a three-game series.
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