Swapping out knuckleballer Steven Wright for an extra position player, the Red Sox have called up last year’s first half starting center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., from Triple-A.
Bradley has struggled mightily in the majors, hitting .196 in 164 games, but the former top prospect is still just 25 years old and he was off to a nice start at Triple-A.
Mookie Betts has started 18 of 20 games in center field, but with Shane Victorino injured and both Allen Craig and Daniel Nava hitting below .200 the Red Sox wanted some added outfield depth.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.