Along with Roenis Elias being sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket, outfielder Rusney Castillo was also sent down and infielder Deven Marrero and outfielder Ryan LaMarre were called up to take their spots on the Red Sox roster.
Marrero and LaMarre arrived at Fenway two hours before the Red Sox played the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.
“They give us some versatility, some flexibility inside a given game," manager John Farrell told reporters.
Marrero, 25, played 25 games for Boston last season and was hitting .216 this season for the PawSox. LaMarre, 27, played 21 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season and was hitting .313 with six homers and 11 stolen bases for Pawtucket.
Castillo, 28, the Cuban outfielder signed to a 7-year, $72 million deal in 2014, was 2-for-8 in his most recent nine-game stint with Boston. Elias, 27, allowed seven runs in four innings in an 8-4 loss to the Mariners on Friday in his disastrous Red Sox starting debut.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.