The Boston Red Sox designated relief pitcher Chris Capuano for assignment Wednesday. The team made the move in order to activate Clay Buchholz in time for his start against the Seattle Mariners. Capuano has also been struggling in recent appearences, therefore the move really comes as no surprise.
Buchholz had been on the 15-day disabled list recovering from a knee injury. Capuano was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to clear room on the 25-man roster for Buchholz’s return to the rotation.
Capuano endured great success early on this season. He did not yield a run through his first 12 appearences, but has been roughed up since May 1. Capuano had posted an ERA above eight over his last 17 games.
The final straw come on Monday amid Boston’s 12-3 loss to Seattle. Capuano was tagged for five runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work. The 35-year-old veteran has notched just one win on the year.
Manager John Farrell commented on the decision to designate Capuano saying it was very difficult. With Boston’s pitching situation seeming to be in constant flux, a recall to the bigs later in the summer is certainly not out of the question for Capuano. Contending ball clubs in need of pitching help could also inquire about his services.