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BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox called up relief pitcher Mark Melancon from Triple-A Pawtucket before Sunday’s game.
In a corresponding move, lefty Rich Hill was placed on the disabled list with left elbow/forearm soreness. Hill, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, planned to visit with Dr. James Andrews on Sunday.
Melancon had a forgettable start to his Red Sox career. He allowed runs in each of his four appearances early this season, allowing 11 runs on 10 hits, including five home runs, over just 2.0 innings for a 49.50 ERA.
He was sent down to Pawtucket after a particularly disastrous outing against the Rangers on April 17. In that game, he allowed six runs and three home runs without recording an out in an 18-3 loss.
While in Triple-A, Melancon was dominant, posting an 0.83 ERA over 21.1 innings with 27 strikeouts and just three walks. But, his return to the big leagues was delayed because Bobby Valentine’s bullpen had stabilized.
Hill was a big part of that revamped bullpen, posting a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings with 11 strikeouts.