Red Sox call up Boyer, add righty to bullpen

Boston options Johnson to Triple-A Pawtucket after his shutout

Red Sox call up Boyer, add righty to bullpen

The Red Sox called up right-hander Blaine Boyer from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday and optioned left-hander Brian Johnson.

Boyer has posted a 3.14 ERA with two saves and 12 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances for Pawtucket. The 35-year-old brought a 14-25 career record and a 4.17 ERA over 394 Major League appearances into Sunday, when he recorded the final two outs in the top of the ninth in Boston's 5-0 loss to Seattle.

Johnson tossed a five-hit shutout in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Mariners. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his Fenway Park debut since Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat on April 11, 1998, also against Seattle.

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With Boston set to activate David Price for Monday's game against the White Sox, the Red Sox optioned righty Brandon Workman to Pawtucket after Sunday's tilt.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.