The Boston Red Sox today selected first baseman Ryan Shealy to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated infielder Niuman Romero for assignment. Shealy will be active for tonight’s game at Tampa Bay and will wear No. 30.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Shealy, 30, has hit .240 (56-for-233) with 12 home runs, 20 doubles, one triple, 46 RBI, 34 runs scored and 40 walks in 66 combined Triple-A games between Pawtucket and Tampa Bay’s Durham affiliate this season. Released by the Rays on June 15, the right-handed batter signed a minor league contract with Boston two days later and has since hit .246 (15-for-61) with two home runs, eight RBI, seven runs scored and 11 walks in 18 games with the PawSox. This season, he has split time between designated hitter (35 games) and first base (31 games), where he has not committed an error in 280 total chances between the two clubs. Shealy owns a .271 (146-for-538) batting average with 19 home runs and 94 RBI in 164 career Major League games over parts of four seasons with Colorado (2005-06) and Kansas City (2006-08).
The 25-year-old Romero went 0-for-4 with a run scored in two games with the Red Sox after being selected to Boston’s active Major League roster on July 2. Acquired by the Red Sox from the Cleveland Indians on April 30, the switch hitter also hit .268 (45-for-168) with eight doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI, 22 runs, 19 walks and eight stolen bases in 51 games with Pawtucket. Romero owns a .111 career batting average (2-for-18) with a walk and three runs scored over 12 career Major League games with Cleveland (2009) and Boston (2010).
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