May 18, 2017
RED SOX ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
BOSTON, MA – Prior to tonight’s game against the Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox made the following roster moves:
- Right-handed pitcher Hector Velázquez was selected to the active major league roster from Triple-A Pawtucket. He will wear number 76 and start tonight’s game at the Oakland Coliseum beginning at 10:05 p.m. (ET).
- To make room for Velázquez on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Steven Wright was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
- To make room for Velázquez on the 25-man roster, infielder/outfielder Chase d’Arnaud was designated for assignment.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.
Velázquez, 28, is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA (5 ER/29.0 IP) in five starts with the PawSox this season, leading the International League in WHIP (0.79) and ranking second in ERA. He threw 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings over a span of four starts, notably tossing 6.0 perfect innings on April 30 against Gwinnett. A native of Sonora, Mexico, Velázquez spent the 2016 regular season with Monclova of the Mexican League—while on loan from Campeche—and went 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA (36 ER/131.1 IP) in 22 starts before the Red Sox purchased his contract from the Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League on February 18, 2017. In seven seasons in the Mexican League with Campeche (2010-15) and Monclova (2016), he went 43-29 with a 3.76 ERA (287 ER/687.1 IP) in 136 appearances (120 starts). He also pitched in the Mexican Pacific Winter League following each of those seven seasons, posting a 4.07 ERA (189 ER/417.2 IP) in 101 games (75 starts) for Obregon (2010-11) and Navojoa (2012-16).
Wright, 32, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 2 (retroactive to April 30) with a left knee sprain and underwent a successful cartilage restoration procedure on May 8. He made five starts for the Red Sox this season, going 1-3 with an 8.25 ERA (22 ER/24.0 IP). After making his first career All-Star Game in 2016, he finished the campaign with career highs in starts (24), wins (13), innings (156.2), strikeouts (127), complete games (4), and quality starts (15), while leading the American League with 0.69 home runs allowed per nine innings and ranking 10th with a 3.33 ERA (minimum 150.0 innings). The knuckleballer, who was originally drafted by Cleveland as a second-round selection in the 2006 June Draft, has posted a career 21-14 record with a 3.97 ERA (127 ER/287.2 IP) in 55 games (40 starts) over five seasons, all with the Red Sox.
d’Arnaud, who was claimed by Boston off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on April 27, appeared in two games with the Red Sox, going 1-for-1 with a pair of runs scored. He made the Braves’ 2017 Opening Day roster and played in 11 games (one start) for the club, going 3-for-8 (.375) with a pair of walks. Selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2008 June Draft, the right-handed batter has hit .233 (95-for-408) in 172 major league games with the Pirates (2011-12, 2014), Philadelphia Phillies (2015), Braves (2016-17), and Red Sox (2017). The 30-year-old has made 41 starts at shortstop, 27 at third base, 11 at second base, and 10 in the outfield. In his major league career, d’Arnaud is 12-for-38 (.316) with a .395 on-base percentage as a pinch-hitter.
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