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The Red Sox on Friday placed Ryan Lavarnway on the 15-day disabled list and called up outfielder-first baseman Alex Hassan from Triple A Pawtucket.

Hassan is a 26-year-old native of Milton who played at Boston College High and Duke before being drafted by the Sox in 2009. He has played six seasons in the minors, and Friday will be his first day on the major league roster.

Hassan was hitting only .217 with a .621 OPS for Pawtucket. But the Red Sox wanted a righthanded bat to balance their bench and Hassan was the only healthy option on the 40-man roster outside of catchers Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez.


Hassan is a career .285 hitter in the minors with a .393 on-base percentage, albeit with only 35 home runs. He has played primarily left field and right field, with some games in center field and first base.

Lavarnway injured his left wrist in the second inning of Thursday's 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.