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Red Sox recall Okajima

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 18, 2011 08:34 AM

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The Red Sox have recalled lefthanded reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned Felix Doubront down.

Okajima appeared in five games for the PawSox. His line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. He last pitched on Saturday and should be good to go today if needed.

The return of Okajima gives the Red Sox a true lefty reliever and one-batter specialist type than they had in Doubront, a starter who was wedged into the role when the Sox dropped Dennys Reyes earlier this month.

Meanwhile Rich Hill, who has not given up much of anything from the start of spring training until now (17.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 17 K), waits for his chance. With Okajima having options, the Sox can move him back and forth. Hill is out of options, so if he comes up he has to stay or be passed through waivers.

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