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Red Sox recall Hembree, Hernandez and Marrero from PawSox


Red Sox recall Hembree, Hernandez and Marrero from PawSox

The Red Sox have recalled reliever Heath Hembree and infielders Marco Hernandez and Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket, filling roster spots that were opened when they placed first baseman Hanley Ramirez on the bereavement list and starter Steven Wright on the disabled list, and sent reliever Roenis Elias back to Pawtucket.

The Red Sox dropped two pitchers and a hitter, but brought up one pitcher and two hitters because they’re looking to stabilize their bench again -- especially with another long road trip (11 games in 11 days in four different cities) on tap.

“We’re looking to get back to a normal distribution on the roster -- trying to get back to 13 position players,” manager John Farrell said following Sunday’s win.

Hembree, the lone pitcher called up, has a 2.41 ERA with Boston in 37.1 innings. He started off the season strong, but was demoted on July 23 following a stretch of rough appearances.

“Yeah he’s not a confident pitcher right now,” Farrell said when Hembree was demoted. “As good as Heath has been for the vast majority of this year -- and clearly the whole first half -- the four times out since the break has been the other side of that."

Hernandez has hit .295 in his 29 games with the Red Sox this year.

Marrero, the likely candidate to be demoted when Ramirez returns, had one hit in his seven at-bats with the big league club this season.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.