Red Sox Option Lakins And Smith To PawSox, McGrath To Portland As Boston Adds Hector Velazquez And Ryan Brasier
Triple-A Pawtucket had a much needed off day on Monday flying back in from Indianapolis but that doesn’t mean Boston didn’t shuffle the roster a bit.
Ahead of Boston’s game with the Minnesota Twins on Monday night the ball-club has optioned pitchers Travis Lakins and Josh A. Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket. In exchange Boston has activated Ryan Brasier from the bereavement/family emergency list and Hector Velazquez from the Injured List.
Lakins and Smith have been on the Pawtucket-to-Boston shuttle quite a bit in the 2019 season with the pair spending the last 5 days after being initially called up on June 12th.
Lakins, 24-years-old, appeared in 3-games for Boston on this stint and overall has had 7 big league appearances this season. The former 2015 6th round pick went 3.2 innings on this particular stint allowing 2 earned runs on 4 base hits. Overall he has a 5.79 ERA in 9.1 innings with Boston this season. As for his time with the PawSox the righty has appeared in 18 games, 19 innings pitched, with a 3.32 ERA.
Smith on the other hand, the 31-year-old also appeared in 3 games for Boston on this stint with 3 innings pitched allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, on 5 base hits. Smith has appeared in 8 games with Boston this season with a 6.28 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched. As for his time with Triple-A Pawtucket he has started 6 games with 31 innings pitched posting a 5.23 ERA.
The corresponding move in Pawtucket was transferring reliever Daniel McGrath to Double-A Portland. No further move was needed as the PawSox roster was at 24 prior to these moves by Boston.
McGrath who was called up from the SeaDogs on June 14th made one appearance with the PawSox. In his Triple-A debut the Australian went 3.1 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 7 base hits while issuing 1 walk and striking out 1.
Pawtucket will return to action on Tuesday when they are set to host the Durham Bulls for a three-game set at McCoy Stadium.