Red Sox activate right-handed pitcher Junichi Tazawa from 15-day disabled list
The Boston Red Sox today activated right-handed pitcher Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night's game against the Minnesota Twins.
President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
Tazawa, 30, was placed on the disabled list on July 14 (retroactive to July 4) with a right shoulder impingement. He has made 35 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season, going 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA (13 ER/32.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts against only eight walks. Opponents have batted .215 (26-for-121) against the Japanese native this season, with lefties hitting only .151 (8-for-53). Signed by Boston as an international free agent in December 2008, Tazawa is 15-19 with four saves and a 3.48 ERA (114 ER/294.2 IP) in 284 career major league outings, including four starts, all with the Red Sox (2009, 2011-16).
Ramirez, 26, has made 11 relief appearances over seven stints with Boston this season, posting no record and a 6.55 ERA (8 ER/11.0 IP) with 11 strikeouts. The right-hander has also made 18 appearances with Pawtucket this year, earning three saves and going 1-3 with a 2.36 ERA (7 ER/26.2 IP) and 25 strikeouts compared to eight walks. A fourth-round selection by the Red Sox in the 2011 June Draft, Ramirez has a career 0-1 record with a 5.25 ERA (14 ER/24.0 IP) and 24 strikeouts in 28 major league relief outings, all with the Red Sox. Over five minor league seasons, the 2014 Eastern League mid-season All-Star has a 2.82 ERA (93 ER/297.0 IP) and 276 strikeouts alongside a 12-14 record in 142 games (17 starts).