BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox placed reliever Vicente Padilla on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, recalling right-hander Clayton Mortensen to take his place.

Padilla, out with tightness in his right arm, was 4-1 with a 4.62 ERA out of the Sox bullpen this season, often providing some much-needed spot-relief for Boston. In 41 relief appearances, Padilla recorded 43 strikeouts to just 11 walks.

“Padilla has a little soreness in his biceps,” manager Bobby Valentine said prior to Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. “Probably could pitch on Friday, but we just aren’t willing to take the chance of going short the next couple of days. It’s not fair to the guys who are out there. It could put us in a real bind.”

Padilla is the 24th member of the Red Sox to land on the DL this season.

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Mortensen has appeared in 10 games for Boston this season, holding batters to a .169 batting average while allowing just three earned runs over 23 innings.

This will be Mortensen’s fifth stint in the Majors this season. In 24 games for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, Mortensen was 5-3 with two saves and a 1.91 ERA.



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