Red Sox Pitcher Matt Barnes To Change Roles Again, Start For Pawtucket


Aug 4, 2015

Matt Barnes’ career has been full of twists and turns to this point.

Barnes will return to the rotation Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. The 25-year-old has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 26 career major league appearances, but he’s flip-flopped between a relief role and a starting role in the minors.

Barnes debuted with Boston in 2014, making five relief appearances down the stretch. The right-hander entered spring training in 2015 as a starter and converted into a reliever late in camp. He then switched back into a starter to open the regular season, only to again transition into a reliever a short time later as Boston sought to add a power arm to its bullpen. He initially remained a reliever after being optioned back to Pawtucket, but the PawSox now need a starter with Brian Johnson landing on the disabled list.

Wednesday’s start for the PawSox will mark Barnes’ first start since May 1. The 2011 first-round pick is 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA in 14 appearances (three starts) with Pawtucket this season. He owns a 5.17 ERA over 31 1/3 innings in his career at the big league level.

The Red Sox tried to avoid flip-flopping another prospect, Brandon Workman, last season after using him in both a starting role and a relief role in 2013. Workman struggled as a starter and since has undergone Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for all of this season.

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