BOSTON-- According to a tweet from Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald Boston Red Sox pitcher Clayton Mortensen has cleared waivers. In turn he has been sent to Triple-A Pawtucket. Lauber tweeted the following earlier this afternoon.
RHP Clayton Mortensen has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. #RedSox
For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, once a player clears waivers he remains property of his current team. In the case of Mortensen because he cleared waivers, he remains property of the Red Sox.
Although his statistics may not be of All Star caliber, he has been a key asset to the Boston bullpen. He has appeared in 24 games with the big club this season notching 30.1 innings pitched. He has been efficient, striking out 21 batters and walking only one. The 21 strikeouts rank him 11th on the Red Sox pitching staff. However, he has given up 18 earned runs including three via the long ball, but his ability to work long outings in emergency situations is certainly an asset of his.
In addition, he also appeared in three games with Pawtucket one of them in the starting role, striking out four and walking none. In total, he compiled four innings of work in those three games.
Last season, he appeared in 26 games for the Local Nine, sporting a 3.21 ERA walking two batters and striking out 41. Just like this year, he was a key element to the back end of the Boston bullpen and often was available for emergency starts when needed.
This year, as the Red Sox bullpen continues to find their groove, having someone with his talents is crucial for depth. It will be interesting to see what role he will play in that crowded bullpen once the second half of the season gets underway.