Edward Mujica entered this season as the Red Sox’s fallback plan at closer behind Koji Uehara, but 11 appearances later the 31-year-old right-hander has been designated for assignment.
Mujica wasn’t terrible, posting a 4.61 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings, but when combined with his underwhelming performance for Boston last season and declining raw stuff the Red Sox decided to cut bait on a pitcher owed $4.75 million as part of a two-year, $9 million deal.
Mujica posted some great strikeout-to-walk ratios and ERAs early in his career with the Padres, Marlins, and Cardinals, but he hasn’t topped 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings since 2011 and looks like a middle reliever at this point.
He’ll almost surely pass through waivers unclaimed.
The Orioles walloped the Red Sox by a score of 18-7 on Sunday afternoon, setting a new club record. The previous record was 17 runs, set on September 27, 1960 in Boston against the Red Sox, per the Orioles on Twitter.
Surprisingly, the Orioles hit just one home run in the contest — a solo shot from Chris Davis in the sixth inning. They racked up 20 hits in total, five of which were doubles and one was a triple. Seven Oriole batters had multiple hits and four had three hits. Delmon Young drove in five runs and three others drove in three runs each.
The O’s scored in six of eight frames, including two six-run innings in the third and seventh. The Red Sox used six pitchers and the only one to hold the Orioles scoreless was Edward Mujica in the eighth. Starter Wade Miley allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 1/3 innings. That bumps their collective starting rotation ERA up to 5.75. I hear that Cole Hamels guy is pretty good.
Boston has activated Koji Uehara from the disabled list after the closer missed the first week of the season with a hamstring injury suffered during spring training.
To make room for Uehara on the roster and in the bullpen Boston sent down left-hander Tommy Layne, who took his lumps as part of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Yankees.
Uehara, who remained with the Red Sox this offseason on a two-year, $18 million deal, is expected to reclaim ninth-inning duties, pushing Edward Mujica back into a setup role.