Carpenter fires one-third of an inning during debut

Carpenter fires one-third of an inning during debut

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox recalled reliever Chris Carpenter, who is ranked ninth among the club's Top 20 prospects, and the hard-throwing right-hander immediately saw action, walking one and getting a groundout in one-third of an inning in the club's 4-1 loss to the Mariners on Monday afternoon.

Acquired from the Cubs as part of the compensation for former general manager Theo Epstein, Carpenter started the season on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from right elbow surgery. He has made 16 appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 1-0 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA. Triple-A batters were hitting just .137 off the 26-year-old.

"Very good, especially when he's down in the zone," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's got a couple pitches that are pretty hard to hit when they're down. Good fastball, good slider. One-inning guy."

Carpenter allowed three runs in 10 appearances last season, walking seven and striking out eight.