Red Sox recall right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket
The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Noe Ramirez was optioned to Pawtucket following Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hembree will be active for tonight's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park beginning at 7:10 p.m.
President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
Hembree, 27, has not allowed a run in four appearances with Pawtucket this season, surrendering only two hits and recording nine strikeouts without issuing a walk in 5.0 innings pitched. The right-hander appeared in 22 games over four stints with the Red Sox in 2015, posting a 1.50 ERA (4 ER/24.0 IP) and .218 opponent batting average in his final 21 outings. Acquired by Boston in July 2014, Hembree is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA (15 ER/43.0 IP) in 37 career major league appearances-all in relief-with the San Francisco Giants (2013) and Red Sox (2014-15).
Ramirez, 26, made Boston's Opening Day roster this season, the first of his big league career. Appearing in six of the club's 12 games thus far in 2016, the right-hander had no record and a 4.91 ERA (4 ER/7.1 IP) with eight strikeouts. For his major league career, the Red Sox' fourth-round selection in the 2011 June Draft has gone 0-1 with a 4.43 ERA (10 ER/20.1 IP) and 21 strikeouts in 23 appearances, all with Boston (2015-16). In 124 career games in the minor leagues (17 starts), Ramirez has gone 11-11 with a 2.87 ERA (86 ER/270.0 IP) and 251 strikeouts.