Red Sox Activate Diaz from Pawtucket, Designate Mortenson

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Red Sox news release…

 

BOSTON, MA –
The Boston Red Sox today selected infielder Jonathan Diaz to the active
major league roster from Triple-A Pawtucket.  To make room for him on
the 40-man roster, right-hander Clayton Mortensen was designated for
assignment.  Diaz will wear No. 76 and will be available for today's
4:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

 

Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

 

For
Diaz, 28, this is his first career major league stint.  He has appeared
in 55 games with Pawtucket this season and has played at second base
(29 games), shortstop (13 games), and third base (12 games).  The
right-handed hitter is batting .242 (44-for-182) with eight doubles, two
triples, two home runs, 21 RBI, 24 walks, 30 runs scored, and six
stolen bases this season.  Signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free
agent on December 12, 2012, he owns a .357 on-base percentage in eight
career minor league seasons with the Blue Jays (2006-12) and Red Sox
(2013).

 

Mortensen,
28, is 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA (18 ER/30.1 IP), 16 walks, and 21 strikeouts
in 24 games for the Red Sox in 2013.  He missed time on the disabled
list from June 11-25 due to a right groin strain and appeared in three
rehab games with Pawtucket, posting a 4.50 ERA (2 ER/4.0 IP) with two
walks, and four strikeouts.  Acquired by the Red Sox from the Rockies in
exchange for shortstop Marco Scutaro on January 21, 2012, Mortensen
owns a 6-11 career record with a 4.68 ERA (87 ER/167.1 IP) and 112
strikeouts in 74 career major league games (13 starts) with the
Cardinals (2009), A's (2009-10), Rockies (2011), and Red Sox (2012-13).

 

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