Red Sox Announce Roster Moves Sunday Morning
The Boston Red Sox announced a series of roster moves on Sunday morning, August 11th, prior to the final game of the 4 game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
- Infielder Chris Owings was selected to the active major league roster from Triple-A Pawtucket.
- To make room for Owings on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Hector Velázquez was optioned to Pawtucket following yesterday’s game.
- To make room for Owings on the 40-man roster, first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
Owens, was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on June 17, 2019. The right-handed hitter has batted .325 (53-for-163) with 11 home runs and a .980 OPS in 44 games for the PawSox, notably homering in six consecutive games from July 20-26. Selected by Arizona in the first round of the 2009 June Draft (41st overall), Owings has appeared in 621 major league games with the Diamondbacks (2013-18) and Royals (2019) and hit .242 (508-for-2,095) with 33 home runs and 74 stolen bases. In his major league career, he has started 217 games at shortstop, 158 at second base, 18 at third base, 63 in center field, 60 in right field, and four in left field.
Velazquez has made 26 appearances (eight starts) for Boston this season, posting a 5.81 ERA (31 ER/48.0 IP). The right-hander has also made six appearances with Pawtucket and owns a 4.05 ERA (3 ER/6.2 IP) with a .217 opponent batting average.
Pearce was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 1 with a low back strain. He has hit .180 (16-for-89) in 29 games for Boston this season, making 15 starts at first base, three in left field, and five at designated hitter.
The Red Sox are 62-57 and are 6 games out of the 2nd wild card spot. The Red Sox and Angels will play the final game of the 4 game series Sunday afternoon. Andrew Cashner is scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox. The pregame starts at 12:05 and the 1st pitch at 1:05. Hear this and every Red Sox game on AM 1370 WDEA in the Ellsworth and Bar Harbor area and The Rock 101.9 FM, WOZI in Presque Isle