Before the battle in the Bronx, the Red Sox make another roster move.

It was announced Thursday afternoon that the Red Sox would be sending Hector Velazquez to the Injured List with a lower back strain. Regardless of statistics, Velazquez has been a valuable asset to the Boston pitching staff.

While best deployed in a long relief role, the righty has been forced to make seven starts this season while filling in for injured starters, David Price and Nathan Eovaldi. He’s posted a 5.97 ERA in 2019, but does fill a unique role in Alex Cora‘s staff.


Mike Shawaryn has been added to the 40 man, and active roster as the retroactive move. The Pawtucket starter has had stellar numbers this season, compiling a 3.72 ERA over 10 starts. It’s yet to be decided whether, or not, his long term value is lies within the bullpen or rotation, but he’ll get his first taste of Major League action shortly.

It would not be surprising for Shawaryn to fill the rotation spot that Ryan Weber currently holds. He’s been solid before his outing against the Cleveland Indians, but Weber’s arsenal best operates as a change of pace for opposing hitters. If this were to be the case, Shawaryn would make his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals, next week.

There has been no official announcement as to the Red Sox intentions with the rookie arm, but it is likely that he will fill in the starting rotation or in a long relief role against the New York Yankees.