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Bullpen Maneuvers

Mantei to DL; Alvarez Called Up
Yesterday Matt Mantei was placed in the 15-day disabled list for a sprain to his left ankle. To shore up the bullpen, left-handed Triple A pitcher Abe Alvarez was called up from Pawtucket.

Mantei’s year might be over should he require surgery. Should he not play another game, he ends the year with 34 appearances, 26.1 innings pitched, 23 hits, 1 home run (this surprised me), 24 walks, 22 strikeouts, .240 BAA, and a 6.49 ERA. The organization had hoped for better, but knew the risks and only paid $750,000 for the year.

With Alvarez back up we could be seeing a glimpse of the future rotation. Theo Epstein has spoken repeatedly about the young pitcher’s poise, and hopefully his second trip to the majors won’t be anything like Cla Meredith’s debut earlier this year.

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