Prior to their game against the New York Yankees Thursday night, the Red Sox placed right-hander Hector Velazquez on the 10-day injured list due to a lower back strain.
In a corresponding move, the Sox also added right-hander Mike Shawaryn to their 40-man roster and recalled him from Triple-A Pawtucket. The club made the move official earlier Thursday.
Last working in Wednesday night’s loss to the Indians in an outing where he gave up four earned runs over two innings of relief, Velazquez has provided Boston with depth in both the rotation and bullpen this season.
Through 18 appearances, seven of which have been starts, the 30-year-old has posted a 5.97 ERA and 1.44 WHIP while striking out 32 batters over 34.2 total innings pitched in 2019.
Since there was no real indication that Velazquez was dealing with any back discomfort following Wednesday’s loss, there’s a real chance that this is just another move made by the Red Sox to get another fresh arm up with the big league club.
That fresh arm, of course, would be Mike Shawaryn.
Ranked as Boston’s No. 12 prospect per MLB.com, Shawaryn opened the 2019 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he currently owns an ERA of 4.72 over 10 International League Starts. This will be his first major league stint.
Selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2016 amateur draft out of the University of Maryland, the 24-year-old New Jersey native has risen up to become the third-highest ranked right-handed pitcher in the club’s farm system.
According to SoxProspects.com, Shawaryn features a 91-93 MPH fastball that can top out at 95 MPH, a 84-87 MPH slider, and a 85-87 MPH changeup.
If he does make his big league debut during this upcoming series against the Yankees, Shawaryn will become the fifth such Red Sox to do so in 2019 behind Darwinzon Hernandez, Travis Lakins, Josh Taylor, and Michael Chavis.