On Friday night, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Clayton Mortensen began his rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket and threw a scoreless eighth inning allowing a walk and striking out one in Columbus.
Mortensen scoreless inning helped the Pawsox in their 3-0 victory over the Clippers. He was originally placed on the disabled list on June 11 with a strained right groin but could return next week when he is eligable to return.
Despite being on a rehab start with Pawtucket, Mortensen has struggled pitching for the Red Sox going 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA in 24 outings.
When he is activated off the DL, Mortensen is expected to resume is role as a middle relief pitcher but could be an odd man out if he continues to struggle upon his return. He is out of options and the Red Sox could fill his role in the bullpen with someone from the Pawsox roster including pitchers Alex Wilson or Jose De La Torre.