The Boston Red Sox front office is busy today. They have called up outfielder Jackie Bradley, infielder Deven Marrero, and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro. They then optioned right hander Joe Kelly to Triple-A, placed Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Backup catcher Erik Kratz was designated for assignment.
Bradley is one of the best players, if not the best all around player in the International League right now. A shoo-in to start the All-Star game, Bradley is hitting .322/.398/.468 with a .867 OPS for the Triple-A affiliate. He came in second last year in the Golden Glove Award voting behind only the Orioles’ Adam Jones. Bradley lead all American league center fielders with a 13.8 UZR last year.
Infielder Deven Marrero has been called up to serve as a utility player. The 2012 first round draft pick cruised his way through the minors and has since been stuck at Triple-A. He is a short stop by trade but that path is blocked with the play of Xander Bogaerts. He is batting .241/.300/.345 with a .644 OPS for Pawtucket.
Right handed pitcher Jonathan Aro was called up as well. Holding opponents to a .181 batting average in Portland this year, Aro earned a promotion to Triple-A. In ten games with the PawSox, he has a 2.22 ERA while holding opponents to a .184 mark.
Joe Kelly was optioned after making his second-worst start of the season. In fourteen starts he managed a 2-5 record with a 5.67 ERA. He had 60 strikeouts to 31 walks on the season. Kelly has shown he can be good, but he looks better suited to a bullpen role due to his fastball that can touch 98 MPH on the gun.
Justin Masterson will take Kelly’s spot in the rotation. Masterson returned from a rehab stinit where he went 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA striking out 14 while walking eight. With Boston this seasosn, Masterson is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA.
Dustin Pedoria was put on the DL with a right hamstring strain that happened after rounding first base last night. He was hitting .306/.367/.452 with the club. Already surpassing his home run total from last season, Pedroia’s nine home runs so far have shown that he is healthy again.
Catcher Erik Kratz was designated for assignment as well. Kratz was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals last week. In 180 Major League games Kratz has played for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Kansas City Royals.