Wednesday May 02, 2012 | 06:16 AM

First baseman/outfielder Lars Anderson was sent down to Pawtucket after Tuesday's Boston Red Sox game. He was 1-for-8 since his call-up.

The expectation is that pitcher Aaron Cook will fill the vacancy. Cook, a starting pitcher in Pawtucket, could be sent to the bullpen.

Earlier Tuesday, Junichi Tazawa was back down to Triple-A, to make room for Jose Iglesias. Tazawa is the only reliever who has minor league options remaining. Iglesias was needed as a back-up. With Kevin Youkilis out, Boston was down to the minimum of infielders.

Iglesias is not expected to stay long. If Youkilis goes on the disabled list, it is very possible that Will Middlebrooks is called up.

While everyone is focused on Cook's opt-out clause in his contract, another Pawtucket pitcher, Andrew Miller, will have to be dealt with soon. Miller's re-had assignment ends on May 7. He pitched two innings Tuesday (0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K; 33 pitches/19 strikes).

In Salem, a trio of players are coming along, especially outfielder Jack Bradley (2-5 Tuesday with his first home run; now at .361). Shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2-4; .289) and Michael Almanzar (1-3, second home run; .277).

Former Sea Dogs and Red Sox pitcher Kyle Weiland underwent arthroscopic surgery for an infection in his right shoulder. It is now known when he will be back. Weiland was 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA ... Jed Lowrie, who was traded along with Weiland in the Mark Melancon deal, is batting .303 with three home runs.

The Sea Dogs play at 6 p.m. tonight against Trenton.

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