Before kicking off a four-game, three-day series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the Red Sox activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. The club made the roster move official earlier Friday afternoon.
Placed on the injured list on May 29th after not playing since May 25th due to a lower back strain and sore knee, Moreland will start at first and bat out of the five-hole for the Sox on Friday.
Through 46 games this season, the 33-year-old infielder is slashing .228/.320/.550 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI.
Currently leading his team in homers, Moreland’s return should provide Boston with the chance to give Michael Chavis a bit of a break at the plate, as the 23-year-old rookie is just 3-for-his-last 20 since the start of June. In fact, he is not in the Red Sox’ lineup for their series opener against the Rays.
On the other side of this transaction, Ryan Weber was optioned back down to Triple-A Pawtucket one day after surrendering two runs in less than two innings pitched in his start against the Kansas City Royals.
Selected by the Boston from the PawSox back on May 6th, the 28-year-old posted a 5.12 ERA over six appearances, three of which were starts, and 19.1 total innings pitched.
I thought there was a chance Weber could be used out of the Sox bullpen for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Rays, but, unless he is recalled to serve as the club’s 26th-man, that does not seem to be the case.
First pitch Friday is scheduled for 7:10 PM EDT. Here’s how the Red Sox will be lining up.