Red Sox select C Guillermo Quiroz to active roster; recall Mortensen

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today selected catcher Guillermo Quiroz (pronounced gey-AIR-moe KEY-rose) to the active roster and recalled right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen from Double-A Portland.  Quiroz was acquired by Boston yesterday from Seattle in exchange for cash considerations.  Both Quiroz and Mortensen will be active for tonight’s game against the Mariners in Seattle.  With the moves, the club’s active Major League roster is now at 30.


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


Quiroz, who will wear No. 62, has spent his entire 2012 season with Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma and was named to the Pacific Coast League’s mid-season All-Star team.  The right-handed batter hit .278 (84-for-302) with 15 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 52 RBI, 45 runs scored and 36 walks in 89 games for the Rainiers, including a team-leading 88 contests as catcher.  Quiroz, 30, tallied a .315 average (23-for-73) and .521 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching and hit .319 (15-for-47) with runners in scoring position and two outs.  Behind the plate, he threw out 15 of 66 (22.7%) attempted base stealers.  Originally signed by Toronto in 1998, Quiroz has appeared in 101 Major League games with the Blue Jays (2004-05), Mariners (2006, 2009-10), Rangers (2007) and Orioles (2008), going 53-for-255 (.208) with 11 doubles, two homers, 28 RBI, 19 runs and 17 walks.


The 27-year-old Mortensen, who was most recently optioned to Portland after the game on August 28, will be in his sixth stint with the Red Sox this year.  He is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (8 ER/32.0 IP) and 26 strikeouts, and has held opponents to a .211 clip (24-for-114) in his 19 appearances with Boston this season, all in relief.  The right-hander also posted a 5-3 mark with two saves, a 2.33 ERA (10 ER/38.2 IP) and 36 strikeouts in 25 minor league games out of the bullpen, including 24 with Triple-A Pawtucket and one with Portland.  Acquired by Boston from Colorado in January, Mortensen has appeared in 43 Major League games (13 starts) between the Cardinals (2009), Athletics (2009-10), Rockies (2011) and Red Sox (2012), going 5-9 with a 4.39 ERA (62 ER/127.0 IP) and 76 strikeouts, including a 2.91 ERA (19 ER/58.2 IP) in 30 Big League relief appearances.