Before wrapping up a four-game series against the Angels at Fenway Park on Monday morning, the Red Sox made a flurry of roster moves.
Boston reinstated right-hander Brayan Bello from the 15-day injured list and recalled outfielder Jarren Duran from Triple-A Worcester. In order to make room for Bello and Duran on the active roster, righty Jake Faria was designated for assignment while infielder Bobby Dalbec was optioned to Worcester, the club announced.
Bello will make his first start of the season in Monday’s series finale against Los Angeles. The 23-year-old began the 2023 campaign on the injured list after being shut down by right forearm tightness during the early stages of spring training.
Though he began the season on the injured list, Bello was never expected to be sidelined for long. He pitched in an extended spring training game down in Fort Myers and April 5 and made one rehab start for the WooSox at Polar Park last Tuesday.
In that outing, Bello allowed just one earned run on four hits, zero walks, and one hit batsman to go along with four strikeouts over six innings on 81 pitches (50 strikes). The Dominican-born hurler has the green light to pitch six innings again on Monday as he goes up against Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani.
Faria, meanwhile, spent one day on the big-league roster after having his contract selected from Worcester on Saturday. The Red Sox will have the next seven days to either trade, release, or waive the 29-year-old. If he goes unclaimed and clears waivers, Faria can refuse an outright assignment to the minor-leagues in favor of free agency since he has previously been outrighted.
Turning to the position players now, Dalbec was called up on April 10 in the wake of outfielder Adam Duvall being placed on the injured list with a fractured left wrist. In four games with the Red Sox, the 27-year-old went 2-for-9 (.222) at the plate with one stolen base, two walks, and five strikeouts. He also saw playing time at first base, third base, and shortstop.
Duran, 26, was a logical candidate to get promoted last Wednesday, but the Red Sox elected to go with the right-handed hitting Dalbec since the club was in the midst of facing a plethora of left-handed starters. Now that that portion of the schedule has passed, the left-handed hitting Duran will be batting ninth and starting in center field for Boston on Monday.
In his first 11 games of the season with the WooSox, Duran has batted .195/.353/.439 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBIs, eight runs scored, two stolen bases, 10 walks, and 11 strikeouts across 51 plate appearances.
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