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July 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Justin Germano sent to Cubs for cash considerations

The Red Sox have sent right-handed pitcher Justin Germano to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for undisclosed cash considerations. He had been designated for assignment on Friday when Jacoby Ellsbury returned to begin the second half.

Germano, 29, was signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, and had an excellent first half with Pawtucket, earning him a spot on the International League All-Star Team. In 17 games, Germano went 9-4, recording a 2.40 ERA, good for second in the league. In 105.0 innings pitched, he struck out 72 and walked only 13. His contract included a July 1 opt-out clause, which he exercised, leading to his contract being purchased.

Germano's Red Sox career ends with him sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA. He appeared in only one game for the major league club, throwing 5.2 shutout innings in relief in the first game of the July 7 doubleheader against the Yankees.