The 31-year-old righthander went 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 19 appearances with Pawtucket, allowing 11 runs on 15 hits and 23 walks, while striking out 38 in 25 innings.
“At the end of the day, roster decisions had to be made and we needed that roster spot,’’ Crockett said. “I have a lot of respect for everything he’s done to get back out on the mound and throw for the better part of a full minor league season.’’
Bryce Brentz went 4 for 5 and belted a pair of homers to help Portland complete a three-game sweep of New Britain with a 7-2 win Wednesday. The victory improved the Sea Dogs to 27-12 since the All-Star break . . . Keith Couch (10-9, 3.47 ERA) became the Carolina League’s fourth 10-game winner when he picked up the victory in Single A Salem’s 5-3 victory at Myrtle Beach Wednesday night. Couch retired 19 of the final 21 batters he faced . . . Pitcher Brian Johnson, the 2012 first-round selection who was hit in the face by a comebacker on his second pitch of Lowell’s game against Hudson Valley Saturday at Fenway Park, continues to show signs of improvement. “Hopefully, he’s doing well and not dealing with much pain and is recovering,’’ Crockett said . . . Jackie Bradley Jr., the organization’s top outfield prospect, remained day-to-day after spraining an ankle rounding second base in the first inning of Portland’s 15-inning triumph at New Britain Tuesday night. “He’s improving and doing pretty good,’’ Crockett said. “We’ll put him through a little bit of a progression before we put him back on the field.’’
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