The Red Sox have officially reinstated Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list, and have also recalled catcher Christian Vazquez and pitchers Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Uehara went on the disabled list July 20 because of a right pectoral strain. Serving as both a set-up man and closer in 2016, Uehara has a 4.50 ERA through 36 innings. His big issue has been the long ball, as he's given up eight home runs in 39 appearances.
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Vazquez served primarily as Boston’s starting catcher from April 15 until July 2, when Sandy Leon took his job, and he was sent to Pawtucket on July 4. In 51 games with Boston, Vazquez was 37-for-164 (.226) with 12 RBI, striking out 37 times.
Hembree’s promotion marks his fourth stint with the Sox this season. The righty’s overall numbers in Boston have been respectable, as he's struck out a career-best 36 batters in 41 1/3 innings and has a 2.40 ERA. His big problem has been left-handed hitters, who are hitting .365 against him this year (right-handers are batting .204).
Ramirez now has been on the Sox' active roster seven times this year. The side-winding righty has been a disappointment, posting a 6.55 ERA after showing serious signs of promise in spring training.
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Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.
Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.
Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.
Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.
The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.
Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.
"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."
Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.
“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”