Red Sox call up Hector Velazquez

10 June 2015: The bat, hat, glove and batting gloves of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) in the dugout at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. where the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox, 5-2.
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The Boston Red Sox made some moves to get another pitcher on their roster, designating utility man Chase d’Arnaud for assignment and calling up right-hander Hector Velazquez from Triple-A.

The 30-year-old d’Arnaud had been with the Red Sox since being acquired from the Atlanta Braves on April 27. He made only two appearances, going 1-for-1 at the plate with a single and a walk, but had last made an appearance in a game on May 9. D’Arnaud was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round back in 2008 and has a slash line of .233/.289/.314 in 448 plate appearances over six seasons in the big leagues.

The 28-year-old Velazquez will be making his major league debut with a start on Thursday night against the Oakland A’s. He was signed by Boston in the offseason after pitching the last seven years in the Mexican League. During that time, Velazquez posted a 3.88 ERA in 1,105 innings pitched with 6.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. In five starts with Pawtucket in 2017, Velazquez pitched 29 innings and had a 1.55 ERA.

The Red Sox also made another move on Thursday, transferring injured right-handed pitcher Steven Wright from the 10-day to the 60-day DL.

Wright was originally placed on the DL back on May 1 when he injured his left knee. He ended up requiring cartilage replacement surgery, and will not be able to pitch again this season. Wright’s numbers were rough in his five starts this year, with the knuckleballer posting an 8.25 ERA and just 4.9 K/9, but he was very good for Boston in 2016. He made the All-Star team and posted a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts last year.

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