Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start at Yankee Stadium, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The club recently put Rick Porcello on the disabled list, opening a rotation spot for Owens.
Owens has a 3.16 ERA and a 103/56 K/BB ratio in 122 1/3 innings across 21 starts for Pawtucket this season. The 23-year-old lefty is the top pitching prospect for the Red Sox, entering the year rated as baseball’s 19th-best overall prospect according to MLB.com.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.