Before closing out their four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox announced that utility infielder Chris Owings was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
In a pair of corresponding moves, right-hander Hector Velazquez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Owings on Boston’s 25-man roster, while first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make room for Owings on the 40-man roster. The club made the transactions official earlier Sunday.
Owings, who will turn 28 on Monday, inked a minor-league pact with the Sox back on June 17th after being released by the Kansas City Royals earlier in the month.
The South Carolina native slashed .133/.193/.222 with two home runs and nine RBI over 40 games with Kansas City this season before his release.
Making his debut with the PawSox on June 20th, Owings impressed in a similar sample size, as he put together a .325/.385/.595 slash line to go along with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 44 International League contests. He also had a stretch where he homered in six straight games from July 20th until July 26th.
Known more for his defense and versatility than his offense, Owings will bat leadoff and start at second in his Red Sox debut on Sunday.
On the other side of this transaction, Hector Velazquez was optioned back down to Triple-A Pawtucket just three days after being called up on Thursday.
The 30-year-old allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits over two appearances and two total innings of work in his fourth stint with Boston this season.
As for Pearce, who has been out of commission since June after suffering a setback while on a rehab assignment with the PawSox, his transferal to the 60-day IL was more of a formality than anything.
First pitch against the Angels on Sunday is scheduled for 1:05 PM EDT on NESN.