Before wrapping up their three-game series against the Rays at Fenway Park on Thursday evening, the Red Sox recalled right-hander Tanner Houck from Triple-A Worcester.
In a corresponding move, fellow righty Phillips Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Worcester to make room for Houck on the major-league roster, the club announced earlier Thursday afternoon.
Houck, up with the big-league club for a fifth time this season, will get the start for Boston in Thursday’s rubber match against Tampa Bay, as Sox manager Alex Core previously said.
Through seven appearances — five of which were starts — with the Red Sox this year, the 25-year-old has posted a 2.45 ERA and 1.70 FIP to go along with 36 strikeouts and seven walks over 25 2/3 total innings of work.
Most recently, Houck yielded just one earned run in 3 2/3 innings pitched in Game 2 of this past Saturday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Thursday’s outing will mark Houck’s first career start against the Rays, as he has only faced them on one previous occasion as a reliever back on April 6.
Valdez, meanwhile, was unsurprisingly optioned to the WooSox in order to accommodate the addition of Houck to the major-league roster.
Coming into play on Wednesday, the 29-year-old hurler owned a respectable 3.82 ERA through his first 24 relief appearances (33 innings pitched) of the season with Boston.
Wednesday, however, was a different story for Valdez, as he got shelled for seven runs — all of which were earned — on five hits and two walks in the ninth inning of the Sox’ 20-8 victory over the Rays.
That performance inflated to the Dominican-born righty’s ERA on the year to 5.56, and he will presumably look to sort some things out while back down in Worcester.
In his previous stint with the WooSox, which lasted from June 10 through July 23, Valdez put up a 3.38 ERA and 3.28 xFIP over 11 outings spanning 10 2/3 innings pitched.
(Picture of Tanner Houck: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)