The Boston Red Sox have made another move to add depth to their pitching staff.
Following Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, they announced they've signed left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves off waivers from the New York Mets and optioned him to Pawtucket.
The #RedSox today claimed LHP Stephen Gonsalves off waivers from the New York Mets and optioned him to the club’s Alternate Training Site at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 25, 2020
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Gonsalves, 26, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft. In seven major league outings (four starts), all with the Twins in 2018, he has a 6.57 ERA and 2.03 WHIP. He was picked up by the Mets in November 2019 and designated for assignment July 23.
As a minor leaguer from 2013-18, Gonsalves went 53-22 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 121 appearances.
At this point, the Red Sox pitching staff needs all the help it can get. With Eduardo Rodriguez out for an unknown period of time, the only staples in the rotation are Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez. After that, there are a lot of question marks.
Signing Gonsalves certainly won't solve all of their issues, but at the very least it's an additional arm that can fill in when needed.