Red Sox call up right-hander Justin Haley and option Beeks back to Triple-A
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The debut of Jalen Beeks did not go over so well on Thursday’s finale against the Detroit Tigers. Beeks gave up six runs on seven hits with three walks through four innings. He did pick up four strikeouts but overall it was a bad outing. On Friday afternoon, Boston optioned Beeks back to Pawtucket and brought up right-hander Justin Haley.
Haley,26, was first drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 46th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, and then drafted by the Red Sox in the 6th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Haley has split his time between the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins throughout his career. He spent four years in the minors with Boston before spending last season pitching with the Twins. After pitching for Minnesota he found himself back in the minors with the Red Sox this season. In 11 starts with the Triple-A PawSox, he’s posted a 3.16 ERA in 56.2 innings.
Haley was not initially on the 40 man roster, however, the Sox had two open roster spots they needed to fill. Haley will most likely take the role that reliever Brian Johnson has. Even though making it to the big leagues is a lifetime achievement, Haley will likely be used for multiple innings in a mop-up role.
The Justin Haley move is not huge. The Red Sox are lacking depth right now and are currently running with a three-man bench. Boston could likely call upon the services of Tzu Wei Lin, but with Mookie Betts expected back soon, Boston manage a thin bench in exchange for more bullpen depth.
With the absence of Mookie Betts- Boston is willing to sacrifice their bench depth for more bullpen help, they are lacking punch in their line up. The Sox just dropped a series with the Chicago White Sox where they were only able to score six runs over the last three games.