April 29, 2015 at 4:41 PM
After a short outing by Clay Buchholz taxed the bullpen on Tuesday, the Red Sox are bringing in reinforcements for tonight’s game. John Farrell announced on Dale and Holley that Dalier Hinojosa and Tommy Layne have been called up to Boston, replacing Anthony Varvaro, who was designated for assignment, and Jackie Bradley Jr., who was optioned to Pawtucket.
Hinojosa, who signed out of Cuba in October of 2013, is getting called up to the big leagues for the first time, and the 29-year-old right-hander will look to replicate the success he has had over the last year in Pawtucket. Appearing in 45 games out of the Pawtucket bullpen since 2014, Hinojosa has struck out more than a batter per inning, while pitching to a 3.78 ERA. His fastball and slider both flash as plus offerings, but his below average command does not allow them to play up in games.
Varvaro, who was acquired from Atlanta this winter for Aaron Kurcz, had a 4.09 ERA over 11 innings with the Red Sox this season. Varvaro has struggled to get right-handed batters out throughout his career, and the Red Sox feel Hinojosa, who has had success against right-handers in the minors, is a better fit for their bullpen. If Varvaro passes through waivers unclaimed he would most likely report to Pawtucket.
One day after Bradley was recalled to provide extra depth off the bench, he has been sent back down, as the need for an arm arose after another poor start by a Boston starting pitcher.
Photo Credit: Dalier Hinojosa by Kelly O'Connor