BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today activated right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night's game. Porcello is scheduled to start tonight's series finale against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field beginning at 8:10 p.m. ET.
Porcello, 26, was placed on the disabled list on August 2 (retroactive to July 30) with a right triceps strain. In two rehab starts between Short-A Lowell and Pawtucket, he posted a 2.89 ERA (3 ER/9.1 IP). With the PawSox last Friday, he struck out six batters in 5.2 innings, allowing three runs. The right-hander has started 20 games for Boston this season, going 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA (74 ER/114.2 IP) and 92 strikeouts compared to 27 walks allowed. Originally a first-round selection (27th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in the 2008 June Draft, Porcello has registered a 4.45 ERA (587 ER/1,188.0 IP) with 747 strikeouts in 204 career major league appearances (200 starts) between the Tigers (2009-14) and Red Sox (2015).
Aro, 24, returned for his third career major league stint on Sunday but did not appear for the Sox. He has pitched in three games for Boston, all during his first stint from June 25-July 1, allowing six runs in 4.2 innings (11.57 ERA) with three strikeouts. In 31 minor league outings between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket this season, the right-hander is 3-3 with two saves, a 3.06 ERA (23 ER), and 69 strikeouts in 67.2 innings, holding opponents to a .212 batting average (53-for-250) while allowing just 16 walks. In 23 games since being promoted to the PawSox in mid-May, the Dominican native has totaled 50 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 45.1 innings, posting a 3.18 ERA (16 ER). Signed by Boston as an international free agent in June 2011, Aro has gone 16-15 with 13 saves, a 2.84 ERA (93 ER/295.0 IP), and 288 strikeouts in 98 outings (12 starts) over parts of five minor league seasons in the Red Sox system.