The Boston Red Sox are officially getting some much-needed reinforcements for the squad.
With the first of September now here, the Red Sox and other MLB teams are able to call up and play as many of the players on their 40-man roster as they want. And the Red Sox are taking advantage of that role early.
According to the Red Sox official Twitter account, they have added seven players to their roster by activating David Price from the IL and adding these six players to their team.
RHP Jhoulys Chacín, catcher Juan Centeno, and OF Gorkys Hernández were selected to the active major league roster from Triple-A Pawtucket.— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 1, 2019
RHP Travis Lakins, Hector Velázquez, and Ryan Weber were recalled from Pawtucket.
Notably, the team brought up four potential reinforcements for their bullpen in Travis Lakins, Hector Velazquez, Ryan Weber, and Jhoulys Chacin. None have pitched particularly well this year, but they will at least give the team some depth options to avoid overworking the back-end of their bullpen, a particularly important concern given the team's lack of true starting pitchers currently on the roster.
Chacin is an intriguing option as he signed a Triple-A deal with the Red Sox after being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. Chacin has had a poor 2019 campaign (3-10, 5.79 ERA) but he was the Brewers' opening day starter and posted a 15-8 record with a 3.50 ERA just a year ago. If he can regain that form, he could assist the team's rotation or be a long-relief option out of the bullpen.
As for the position players, Centeno has hit .248 with four homers in the minors this year and has 111 games of big-league experience. He'll mix into the catching rotation, perhaps in place of the light-hitting Sandy Leon, and at the very least, he could serve as a late-game pinch hitter or defensive replacement as needed. His presence will also afford the team an opportunity to play Christian Vazquez as a DH more frequently, as they will now have a third catching option on the roster.
Finally, Hernandez will get a chance to serve as the fourth outfielder, as the Red Sox may look to limit J.D. Martinez's reps in right field. Hernandez is only hitting .219 in Pawtucket, but he did crack 16 homers. As a spot starter and defensive replacement, he should have value for the team.
No matter how you look at it, the Red Sox getting some reinforcements should be helpful for the team. The bullpen will no longer need to be overtaxed and the team can ensure that they have quality defensive replacements that they can put in late in close contests.
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