RED SOX PLACE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER
MATT BARNES ON 10-DAY DISABLED LIST
Club Recalls Right-handed Pitcher Hector Velázquez from Triple-A Pawtucket
BOSTON, MA – Prior to tonight’s game against the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox placed right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a low back strain. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled right-handed pitcher Hector Velázquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Barnes, 27, is 6-3 with a 3.60 ERA (24 ER) this season, ranking among American League relief pitchers in appearances (T-2nd, 59), innings (T-6th, 60.0), and holds (T-3rd, 21). He has held opponents to a .210 batting average with 66 strikeouts against 27 walks, with right-handed hitters posting a .564 OPS. In the past two seasons (2016-17), Barnes leads Red Sox relief pitchers in appearances (121), innings (126.2), wins (10), and holds (38). Selected by Boston in the first round (19th overall) of the 2011 June Draft, the right-hander has appeared in 158 major league games (two starts) from 2014-17, going 13-10 with a 4.23 ERA (84 ER/178.2 IP).