The Red Sox have released right-hander Matt Andriese, per MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo.
Andriese, who turns 32 later this month, was designated for assignment by the Sox on Tuesday so that the club could activate left-handed reliever Josh Taylor from the COVID-19 related injured list.
Boston originally signed the veteran righty to a one-year, $2.1 million contract over the winter that included a team option for the 2022 season.
Opening the 2021 campaign as a multi-inning reliever working out of the Red Sox bullpen, Andriese got off to a solid start, posting a 1.42 ERA and .577 OPS against across nine appearances and 12 2/3 innings of work in April.
May, however, was a different story for Andriese, and those struggles carried over into June as well as July before he was placed on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring tendinitis on July 10.
In all, the California native put up an unsightly 6.03 ERA and 4.70 FIP to go along with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks over 26 outings spanning 37 1/3 innings pitched in his brief tenure with the Red Sox.
Prior to being designated for assignment this week, Andriese had begun a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on August 7 and appeared to be nearing a return after tossing four scoreless innings through his first three appearances with the WooSox.
That being said, the 6-foot-2, 215 pound hurler is free to sign with any club now that he is a free agent. As noted by MLBTradeRumors.com’s Anthony Franco, “any team that signs Andriese as a free agent would only owe him the prorated portion of the league minimum salary for any time he spends on [their] big-league roster.”
The Red Sox, meanwhile, will still owe Andriese — now a veteran of seven major-league seasons between the Rays, Diamondbacks, Angels, and Sox — the remainder of his $2.1 million guarantee regardless of what happens from here.
(Picture of Matt Andriese: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)