Red Sox Recall Heath Hembree, Option Robbie Ross Jr. To Pawtucket

BOSTON — The Red Sox made a minor tweak to their bullpen.

The Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Heath Hembree from Pawtucket before Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Boston optioned left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr. to Triple-A to make room for Hembree on its 25-man roster.

Ross, who tossed 2 1/3 innings in Friday night’s loss to the Halos, owns a 5.14 ERA in 14 relief appearances spanning 14 innings this season. Boston acquired the 25-year-old lefty from the Texas Rangers over the offseason in exchange for right-handed starter Anthony Ranaudo.

Hembree’s return marks his second big league stint of 2015. He appeared in only one game in his first stint, allowing six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief April 26 against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The 26-year-old, who has made 16 career relief appearances at the major league level, has posted a 1.08 ERA in 14 appearances spanning 16 2/3 innings with the PawSox this season.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Saturday’s game the move was made in order to add a fresh arm to Boston’s bullpen.

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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