Stern appeared in 18 games on an injury rehab for Pawtucket in the International League (AAA) before Thursday's call-up, hitting .303 with two homers, 14 RBIs, seven doubles and 15 runs scored. He missed the first part of the season after suffering thumb and hamstring injuries during spring training and the early part of the year.
"Defensively, [Stern] throws very well, which is something you don't see from a lot of young [players]," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe following Thursday's game. "He's good in the outfield, can play all three outfield positions. Really good defensively. He's a really good base runner with good speed."
A third-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2001, Stern played three seasons as in the Husker program, batting .292 with five homers, 47 RBIs and 27 stolen bases to help the Huskers to a Big 12 title and a College World Series appearance. His best season was in 2000, when he hit .356 with 45 RBIs in 60 contests to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. Stern played in the Braves organization for four seasons and also appeared for Team Canada in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Stern is the third former Husker to reach the Major Leagues in 2005, joining Dan Johnson (Oakland) and Adam Shabala (San Francisco). The trio were members of the 2000 Husker squad that won 50 games and won the first NCAA Baseball Regional in school history. Stern, who is the 22nd former Husker to reach the Major Leagues, is also the third Husker outfielder from that squad, joining Shabala and Jamal Strong, who was called up by the Seattle Mariners in 2003.