The Boston Red Sox today recalled left-handed pitcher Henry Owens and right-handed pitcher Pat Light from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias and right-handed pitcher Noe Ramirez were optioned to Pawtucket following yesterday's game versus the Houston Astros. Owens and Light will both be available for tonight's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park beginning at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Red Sox President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
Owens, 23, joins the Red Sox for his second career major league stint after making his debut with the club in 2015. He is scheduled to start tonight's game against Houston. The left-hander started the 2016 season at Pawtucket, making three starts and going 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA (2 ER/18.0 IP) and 23 strikeouts. In 11 major league starts last season, the California native finished 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA (32 ER/63.0 IP) and 50 strikeouts, limiting opponents to one earned run or fewer in six of those outings. Rated Boston's top pitching prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the Red Sox' supplemental-round selection in the 2011 June Draft has played parts of five minor league seasons, going 44-25 with a 3.22 ERA (192 ER/536.0 IP) and 595 strikeouts in 99 games (98 starts).
For Light, 25, this will mark the first major league stint of his career. He will wear No. 65 for the Red Sox. Selected by Boston in the supplemental round of the 2012 June Draft, the right-hander has made five appearances - all in relief - with the PawSox this season, posting a 4.05 ERA (3 ER/6.2 IP) and a .130 opponent batting average (3-for-23) with 10 strikeouts against three walks. Light has recorded nine strikeouts and allowed only one run in his last 5.2 innings, most recently pitching Thursday at Rochester (1.2 IP, H, R, 2 SO). Converted to a full-time reliever following the 2014 season, Light is 12-17 with five saves, a 4.63 ERA (137 ER/266.1 IP), and 214 strikeouts in 102 career minor league appearances, including 49 starts.
Elias, 27, made his season debut for the Red Sox in yesterday's loss at Houston. The left-hander allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief. Acquired by Boston along with right-hander Carson Smith in a trade with the Seattle Mariners this past December, Elias began 2016 in the PawSox' starting rotation. In his two starts for Pawtucket, he has gone 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA (4 ER/9.1 IP) and nine strikeouts. For his major league career, Elias, a Cuban native, has gone 15-20 with a 4.04 ERA (126 ER/280.2 IP) and 241 strikeouts in 52 games (49 starts) for the Mariners (2014-15) and Red Sox (2016).
Ramirez, 26, has had two stints with the Red Sox this season, appearing in nine of the club's 17 games. The right-hander, who made his first career Opening Day roster this season, pitched in yesterday's game at the Astros (0.1 IP, 2 H, BB). In his nine appearances for Boston this season, Ramirez has no record with a 5.79 ERA (6 ER/9.1 IP) and 10 strikeouts. For his major league career, the Red Sox' fourth-round selection in the 2011 June Draft has gone 0-1 with a 4.84 ERA (12 ER/22.1 IP) and 23 strikeouts in 26 appearances, all with Boston (2015-16).