The Boston Red Sox today claimed right-handed pitcher Santo Luis off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and optioned him to Double-A Portland. To make room for Luis on the 40-man roster, the club transferred infielder Jed Lowrie to the 60-day disabled list.
Additionally, right-handed pitcher Boof Bonser was today returned from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Luis, 26, has made two appearances for Chicago’s Double-A Birmingham club this season, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) and three strikeouts. The right-hander spent the 2009 season with Single-A Winston-Salem, finishing 5-4 with 14 saves, a 4.34 ERA (27 ER/56.0 IP) and 79 strikeouts in 47 relief outings. His 14 saves ranked third among all White Sox minor leaguers and fifth in the Carolina League. He also led Carolina League relievers with 12.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and was fifth with a .227 opponent average against.
A native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, Luis was originally signed by Houston as an international free agent on September 11, 2002. In 195 career minor league games (19 starts) in the Astros and White Sox organizations, he is 22-20 with 40 saves and a 3.66 ERA (157 ER/386.0 IP).
Lowrie, 25, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 31 (retroactive to March 26) with mononucleosis. In 113 Major League games over parts of two seasons with the Red Sox (2008-09), he has compiled a .235 average (77-for-328) with 27 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 57 RBI and 39 runs scored.
Bonser, 28, has been on the 15-day disabled list since March 31 (retroactive to March 26) with a right groin strain and has made two rehab starts with the PawSox. Acquired by Boston from Minnesota on December 10, 2009, he has a career 18-25 record with a 5.12 ERA (223 ER/391.2 IP) in 96 Major League games (60 starts) over parts of three seasons with the Twins (2006-08).
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