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Due to a doubleheader this Saturday, the Red Sox have promoted a Pawtucket starter.
The Red Sox announced that they would be adding William Cuevas to the active roster on Saturday in a spot start due to the doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles.
William Cuevas to start for Red Sox on Saturday. Sox were deciding between him and Justin Haley, Cuevas gets nod this time
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) August 10, 2018
Cuevas has a 3.45 ERA in Pawtucket this season over the course of 117.1 innings pitched. He has also made a couple of big league stints with the Red Sox and Tigers, but will be making his first Major League start this weekend.
He has possessed a 1.13 WHIP in Pawtucket and should be able to find success if he’s able to pound the strike zone effectively.
The right hander represents Major League depth, which is further discussed in his scouting report:
Ceiling of an up-and-down emergency starter, but profiles best as emergency depth at Triple-A when the major league club may need a pitcher to throw some innings to save the bullpen. – Sox Prospects
The Orioles have yet to announce the pitcher that will start opposite of Cuevas, but with a weaker lineup and opposition, the former Pawtucket starter should navigate his way through the order.
Had Hector Velazquez not appeared in last night’s game against Toronto, it may have been more beneficial to give him a chance to go three or four innings in a bullpen day. Due to throwing two innings, that was off the table and the offense will look to back up Cuevas in his first Major League start.