Sox Call Reliever Robert Manuel to Boston
RED SOX SELECT RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER ROBERT MANUEL TO ACTIVE ROSTER;
OPTION LEFT-HANDED PITCHER FELIX DOUBRONT TO TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET
BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today selected right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront to Pawtucket. Manuel will be active for today's game against the Dodgers at Fenway Park and will wear No. 59.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
The 26-year-old Manuel has compiled a 4-1 record with a 0.98 ERA (4 ER/36.2 IP) and 31 strikeouts compared to eight walks over 26 relief appearances for Pawtucket this season. The right-hander leads the PawSox with eight saves in as many chances and ranks fourth among qualifying International League relievers with an average of 8.35 base runners allowed per nine innings. For Manuel, who was claimed off waivers from Seattle last November, this marks his second Major League stint. He also threw 4.1 scoreless innings over three appearances for Cincinnati last season.
Doubront, 22, was recalled to Boston yesterday and earned a win over the Dodgers in his Major League debut, allowing five runs (three earned) over 5.0 innings. At 22 years and 238 days old, he became the youngest left-hander to start and win his Big League debut with the Red Sox since Billy Rohr on April 14, 1967 (21 years, 287 days). In 12 minor league starts this season between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, Doubront has combined for a 6-1 record with a 2.11 ERA (14 ER/59.2 IP) and 54 strikeouts. He leads the Red Sox minor league system in ERA while also ranking among organizational minor league leaders in wins (T-1st) and strikeouts (T-3rd).
With today's move, Boston's 40-man roster stands at 39.