BOSTON (CBS) — Henry Owens will be starting his 2016 season in the minors.
The Red Sox announced Thursday that Owens — along with pitchers Heath Hembree and Brian Johnson — was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The team also announced that Sam Travis — along with pitcher Roman Mendez and outfielder Ryan LaMarre — was reassigned to minor league camp.
Owens figured to be in the mix for the open rotation spot, which was created by Eduardo Rodriguez’s knee injury. Yet Owens’ rough spring numbers, combined with Steven Wright being out of minor league options, likely led to the Sox making this decision.
Owens pitched in five games — four starts — this spring, giving up eight earned runs over 13.1 innings on 12 hits and nine walks for a 5.40 ERA and 1.575 WHIP.
Travis, meanwhile, has been a revelation of sorts at Sox camp. The 22-year-old first baseman batted .536 in 28 at-bats, belting two homers and two doubles while driving in a team-leading 13 runs.