Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cabrera Returns, Bates to DL



The Boston Red Sox today selected right-handed pitcher Fernando Cabrera to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket. Cabrera will wear No. 53 and be available for tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The club also recalled first baseman Aaron Bates from Pawtucket and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain. The Red Sox active Major League roster is now at 37 players and the club’s 40-man roster is at 40.

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Cabrera, 27, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on August 21 and outrighted to Pawtucket on August 27. The right-hander posted a 4.50 ERA (2 ER/4.0 IP) with seven strikeouts in four games with Boston this season after he was selected to the Major League roster on August 9. In 43 games for the PawSox in 2009, he went 0-3 with 22 saves and a 1.71 ERA (10 ER/52.2 IP), finishing second among International League saves leaders.

Signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on December 18, 2008, Cabrera is 8-7 with one save and a 5.00 ERA (96 ER/172.2 IP) in 129 Major League games with Cleveland (2004-07), Baltimore (2007-08) and Boston (2009).

Bates, 25, made his Major League debut with the Red Sox on July 6 and went 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles, two RBI, two runs and one walk in five games for Boston this year. In 128 games between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland in 2009, he combined to hit .268 (128-for-478) with 23 doubles, 12 home runs, 57 RBI and 69 runs scored.

Courtesy-Red Sox communications

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