Lefthanded reliever Hunter Jones has joined the Red Sox in Kansas City.
“He’s going to be an added bullpen arm,” manager Terry Francona said. “We got into a little bit of an area we didn’t want to get into. We all felt like OK, if we ran into a problem with rain, line drive, if we didn’t have another arm, shame on us.”
Since the 25-year-old already is on the 40-man roster, it is not necessary for the club to make a corresponding roster move.
Jones appeared in 10 games earlier this season with the Red Sox, making his major league debut with a perfect inning of relief April 20 versus Baltimore.
Overall, he allowed 10 hits and eight earned runs in nine innings, walking four and striking out seven. He has not pitched for the big club since May 13.
At Pawtucket this season, he was 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 53 innings over 36 appearances.
“It’s an interesting guy,” Francona said. “Last year was kind of a breakthrough year for him. This year, it happens to a lot of guys. They get on that cusp of getting to the big leagues, and then all of a sudden you’re not so much a prospect anymore. You’ve got to get people out. It’s an interesting guy. He can pitch in the big leagues. He’s going to have to be one of those guys where he just works his rear end off, just because of the way he’s built.”