The Red Sox designated Jake Faria for assignment on Monday after recalling Jarren Duran from Triple-A Worcester and activating Brayan Bello from the 15-day injured list.
Faria spent two days in limbo before being outrighted off Boston’s 40-man roster on Wednesday. Because he has previously been outrighted, the right-hander had the ability to refuse an outright assignment to the minor-leagues in favor of free agency.
It appears as though Faria has accepted his assignment and re-joined the WooSox. The 29-year-old gave up a solo home run and struck out one in the seventh inning of a 7-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown, Pa. on Thursday night.
In four relief appearances for Worcester this season, Faria has now allowed seven earned runs on five hits (three home runs), six walks, and six strikeouts over six innings of work. He is currently holding opposing hitters to a .217 batting average against.
Faria originally signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox in February after spending the 2022 season in the Twins organization. The former Rays, Brewers, and Diamondbacks hurler received an invitation to big-league spring training and broke camp with the WooSox last month.
After placing reliever Chris Martin on the 15-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation last Sunday, the Red Sox found themselves in need of a fresh arm and selected Faria’s contract from Triple-A. They made room for Faria on the 40-man roster by transferring fellow righty Wyatt Mills (right elbow inflammation) to the 60-day injured list.
Faria was available out of the bullpen at Fenway Park on Sunday but was not needed as Garrett Whitlock, Kaleb Ort, and Ryan Brasier combined for nine innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Angels. Since he was on Boston’s active roster, though, Faria ensured that he would get a prorated version of the major-league minimum as far as his salary is concerned.
With that being said, Faria’s stay in Boston lasted all of one day. As previously mentioned, he was designated for assignment on Monday to open a roster spot for Bello and was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Wednesday after clearing waivers.
Faria, who turns 30 in July, will now look to continue stringing together strong outings for Worcester in hopes of ultimately making it back to a big-league mound — whether it be with the Red Sox or elsewhere — for the first time since August 14, 2021.
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