BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today recalled first baseman/catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson was optioned to Pawtucket following yesterday's game at Tampa Bay. Lavarnway will be active for this afternoon's game against the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 p.m. at Turner Field.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Lavarnway, 26, joins the Red Sox for his first major league stint of the season. With Pawtucket this year he has hit .265 (43-for-162) with seven doubles, two home runs, and 11 RBI in 44 games. A .282 (11-for-39) hitter with runners in scoring position for the PawSox in 2014, Lavarnway has reached base via hit or walk in each of his last eight games, batting .300 (9-for-30) with three walks in that span. Defensively, he has committed only two errors this season between 26 games played at first base, and 10 at catcher.
Wilson, 28, appeared in his first game of the 2014 season for the Red Sox yesterday at Tampa Bay, throwing one scoreless inning in relief. He will return to Pawtucket where he is 1-0 with five saves, and a 1.42 ERA (3 ER/19.0 IP) in 18 relief appearances. With the PawSox he has held opponents to a .182 (12-for-66) batting average, and averaged 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings (21 SO/19.0 IP).