The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, outfielder Corey Brown was designated for assignment. Wright will be active for today's series finale against the Astros at Fenway Park beginning at 1:35 p.m.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
For Wright, 29, this is his second stint with the Red Sox in 2014. He was also with the club for one day on August 3 but did not appear in the game. The right-handed knuckleballer has combined to go 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA (7 ER/89.2 IP), 64 strikeouts and only 71 hits and 20 walks allowed over 14 starts between Double-A Portland (1 start) and Triple-A Pawtucket (13 starts). He began the season on the disabled list recovering from right sports hernia surgery and was activated on June 4 after making one rehab start each with Portland and Pawtucket. Since his 2014 PawSox debut on May 31, the native of Torrance, CA leads the International League in WHIP (1.00) and also ranks among IL qualifiers in ERA (2nd, 2.76), opponent average (3rd, .214), and innings pitched (4th, 84.2). Wright made his big league debut with four outings for the Red Sox last year, including one start, and went 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA (8 ER/13.1 IP) and 10 strikeouts. He was acquired by the Red Sox at the 2012 trade deadline after converting to knuckleball to begin the 2011 season.
The 28-year-old Brown played in three games for the Red Sox this season, all since being recalled from Pawtucket on August 5. The left-handed batter went hitless in his only plate appearance, this past Wednesday in Cincinnati. He hit .226 (66-for-292) with 14 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 39 RBI, and 27 walks in 83 games with the PawSox, appearing defensively for Pawtucket in center field (51 games), right field (30 games), and left field (1 game). In 39 career major league games between the Washington Nationals (2011-13) and Red Sox (2014), he is 7-for-41 (.171) with three doubles, two home runs, and four RBI. Originally a supplemental first round selection of the Oakland Athletics in 2007, Brown was signed by Boston as a minor league free agent on January 31, 2014.