BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox optioned right-hander Matt Barnes on Sunday, one day after he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and they promoted another right-hander, Heath Hembree, from the PawSox.
Barnes joined the Red Sox after outfielder Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a right hamstring strain. Barnes threw two scoreless innings Saturday against Baltimore, and as a result, he would not have been available again for two or three days. Barnes had been in the rotation for Pawtucket, and Saturday was his regularly scheduled day to pitch.
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.