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August 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Traber to Boston to help beleaguered bullpen

After last night's thirteen-inning affair against Tampa Bay, the Red Sox have recalled lefthander Billy Traber from Triple-A. This will be the first major league stint for the 29-year-old Traber this season but the fifth of his career, as he had previously pitched for the Indians, Nationals, and Yankees. In 32 appearances this season for Pawtucket, including 4 starts, Traber has gone 7-5 with a 3.32 ERA, striking out 22 in 59.2 innings. Primarily a ground-ball pitcher, Traber owns a 1.35 ground-out-to-air-out ratio this season. In parts of seven minor league seasons, Traber has gone 53-41 with a 3.57 ERA, striking out 528 in 718.0 innings. He owns a 12-14 record with a 5.54 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 211.1 major league innings.

To make room for Traber in Boston, Josh Reddick has been optioned to Pawtucket. Reddick had been summoned from Portland on July 31 to fill the void left by the departed Justin Masterson and hit .313/.353/.688 with 3 doubles and a home run in 16 at-bats for Boston. Currently the second-ranked prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com, Reddick had been hitting .277/.352/.520 with 13 home runs in 256 at-bats for Portland at the time of his call-up.