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May 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Chris Martin promoted to Pawtucket

Right-handed reliever Chris Martin (pictured) has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Mike Antonellis on Twitter Saturday morning. Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt has been assigned to Double-A Portland as the corresponding roster move.

Martin's promotion comes after he opened the season, his first as a full-time reliever, with 21 scoreless innings across 12 appearances. He struck out 27 while posting a 0.71 WHIP. In the last 1 1/3 inning of Friday's game against New Britain (MIN), he easily set the Rock Cats down while fanning a pair.

The 6-foot-7 26-year-old will likely fill the role vacated by Jose De La Torre's big league call-up.

Kehrt, 27, owns a 4.91 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in three games (one start) in 2013. All of his appearances came with Pawtucket, mostly recently April 23, and he had been assigned to Short-Season A Lowell.

Photo Credit: Chris Martin by Kelly O'Connor.

Tim Healey is a staff writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter