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Atlanta obtained Kotsay from the Athletics on Jan. 14. Coming off back surgery, he hit only .214 with one homer in 56 games for Oakland last year.
Kotsay has a .282 career batting average with 109 homers and 597 RBIs.
"He's going to be a great addition. He's one of those leader-type guys," Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett said.
To make room for Kotsay on the roster, Boston designated infielder-outfielder Joe Thurston for assignment. Thurston was called up Tuesday from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Third baseman Mike Lowell, on the disabled list with a strained muscle on his right side, hit off a tee Wednesday and said it went well.
Beckett said he still plans to pitch Friday night against the Chicago White Sox after skipping a turn in the rotation because of numbness and tingling in his right arm.
"Just day to day. We're going to keep checking. Be smart with it," Beckett said, adding that he appreciates the Red Sox being cautious with him. "We're not talking about the end of a season, we're talking about the end of a career when you're dealing with a pitcher's arm."
The right-hander, who is 11-9 with a 4.34 ERA, said his elbow has bothered him on and off this season.
"We're just dealing with it the best way we can. I don't think we can do anything different," Beckett said.
Epstein said the Red Sox will keep a close eye on Beckett this week.
"Even though he's scheduled to pitch Friday, we are evaluating on a day-to-day basis," the GM said. "The key is not to let guys play when they're in a vulnerable state."
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