Red Sox select RHP Aaron Cook to active roster; option SS Iglesias to Triple-A

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today selected right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket. The club also announced that shortstop Jose Iglesias was optioned to Pawtucket following Wednesday night’s game.  To make room for Cook on the 40-man roster, the club transferred outfielder Carl Crawford to the 60-day disabled list.  Cook is scheduled to start against the Orioles on Saturday at Fenway Park.

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington. 

Cook, 33, began the season with Triple-A Pawtucket after signing with Boston as a minor league free agent on January 11.  In five starts for the PawSox, he went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (7 ER/33.1 IP), 13 strikeouts, 11 walks and 26 hits allowed.  The right-hander entered today ranked third in the International League in ERA and innings pitched and first among all Triple-A hurlers with two complete games, each 7.0 innings in length.  He yielded three or fewer runs over 5.0 innings or more in all five starts, including three outings allowing one run or less.  A National League All-Star with Colorado in 2008, Cook is 72-68 with a 4.53 ERA (660 ER/1,312.1 IP) in 238 career Major League appearances, including 206 starts, all with the Rockies over the last 10 seasons from 2002-11.  Among active Major Leaguers with at least 1,000.0 innings pitched, Cook ranks first in ground-into-double-play percentage (16.8) and third in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.63), trailing only Derek Lowe (3.05) and Jake Westbrook (2.70).

Iglesias did not appear in a game for Boston after being recalled from Pawtucket on Tuesday.  In 23 contests for the PawSox this season, the 22-year-old is 19-for-88 (.216) with a double, five RBI, 10 walks, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases.  A native of Havana, Cuba, Iglesias was signed by Boston as an international free agent on September 8, 2009, and is a .255 hitter (180-for-706) with 22 doubles, five triples, one home run and 56 RBI in 194 career minor league games in the Red Sox system.  He is 2-for-6 (.333) in 10 career Major League contests, all with the Red Sox last season.                 

Crawford, 30, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 4 (retroactive to March 26) recovering from left wrist surgery.  The four-time American League All-Star is a career .293 hitter (1,609-for-5,498) with 244 doubles, 112 triples, 115 homers, 648 RBI, 830 runs scored and 427 stolen bases in 1,365 Major League games with Tampa Bay (2002-10) and Boston (2011).  He appeared in 130 games with the Red Sox last season and hit .255 (129-for-506) with 29 doubles, a team-high seven triples, 11 home runs, 56 RBI, 65 runs and 18 stolen bases.