Red Sox Recall RHP Clayton Mortensen

The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Pawtucket and added him as the club’s 26th man on the active roster for today’s day-night doubleheader against the Yankees at Fenway Park.  Under the new Major League Baseball Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are permitted to add an extra player for doubleheaders.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington. 

Mortensen, 27, was optioned to Pawtucket following Tuesday night’s (July 3) game in Oakland.  In eight games out of the bullpen over his two stints with the Red Sox this year, the right-hander has tallied a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) and 15 strikeouts compared to two walks while holding opponents to a .164 clip (11-for-67).  He has not appeared with the PawSox since his most recent option but has gone 4-2 with two saves, a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26.1 IP) and 24 strikeouts in 15 relief outings over his two previous stretches with Pawtucket.  Acquired by Boston from Colorado in January, Mortensen has appeared in 32 Major League games (13 starts) with the Cardinals (2009), Athletics (2009-10), Rockies (2011) and Red Sox (2012), going 4-8 with a 4.46 ERA (57 ER/115.0 IP) and 65 strikeouts, including a 2.70 ERA (14 ER/46.2 IP) in 19 Big League relief appearances.