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.