Wednesday May 30, 2012 | 08:54 AM

I know Josh Reddick is having himself quite a season so far in Oakland (.271, 14 home runs), which has some questioning why Boston traded him.

But the Red Sox are creating quite a crowd of outfielders without him. Newly-called up Scott Podsednik is batting .467, and all Daniel Nava (.276) did on Tuesday was knock a 100 m.p.h. Justin Verlander fastball for a three-run double in a 6-3 win.

Then there is right fielder Ryan Sweeney, who is batting .315.

Marlon Byrd (.264) is the fourth outfielder for now ... but there are a slew of outfielders on the disabled list - Darnell McDonald, Ryan Kalish, Jason Repko, Cody Ross, Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury (listed in order of when they might come off the DL).

McDonald is rehabbing with Pawtucket. When he's ready, the Red Sox have to decide on him or Byrd ... Ross' available depends on the diagnosis of the day. He could be out for two months.

Kalish, who is expected to join the Sea Dogs today, is officially on a rehab assignment, When it is over, he will likely be assigned to Pawtucket since he has options left ... When Repko comes back, he might be designated for assignment and re-assigned to Pawtucket.

Crawford and Ellsbury are expected sometime back in July.

The Red Sox go for three in a row against the Tigers tonight, with two lefties pitching. Jon Lester (3-4, 4.72) goes against rookie Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.14).

Pawtucket got big nights from Ryan Lavarnway (3-for-4, .274) and Lars Anderson (2-for-4, .245). Anderson hit his sixth home run - and third in three games - with a booming shot that knocked out a light bulb off the video board in right center field.

Pitching prospect Madison Younginer (1-5, 5.17) struggled for Greenville on Tuesday: 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 2 K).

Both Portland and Salem were rained out.


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