The Red Sox stacked up on relief pitching at the end of spring training, but they apparently aren?t done yet, claiming right-hander Santo Luis off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Luis? addition to the 40-man roster means a longer absence for Jed Lowrie, who was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for the 26-year-old reliever. Luis was optioned to Double-A Portland to begin his Red Sox career.
Luis, who stands an imposing 6-foot-6, was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA for Double-A Birmingham this season after leading the Carolina League — while playing for Single-A Winston-Salem — in strikeouts per nine innings last season with an impressive 12.7 K/9.
Luis was not the only Red Sox reliever on the move Wednesday, as Boof Bonser is back with the big club following two rehab starts with Triple-A Pawtucket. While recovering from a groin injury, Bonser allowed 12 runs in 6 1/3 innings.