BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox have activated Matt Thornton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Pawtucket the team announced on Sunday. Villarreal was optioned after Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Thornton is expected to be available for Sunday night’s contest as the Red Sox wrap up their series in Los Angeles.
Thornton has been on the disabled list since August 7 with a right oblique strain. He performed respectably prior to the injury posting a 0-2 record with a 2.16 ERA in 10 games after being acquired by the Local Nine on July 12. Overall this season, he is 0-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 50 games between the Chicago White Sox and Red Sox.
Villarreal made his Red Sox debut on Monday walking Marco Scutaro, the only batter he faced, with the bases loaded to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory. He was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 30 as part of the three-team, seven-player deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox.
This will help bolster the depth in Boston’s bullpen. As we saw with Villarreal on Monday, the back end of it has been inconsistent, and Thornton should be able to provide help and stability in that area. This will be very important as in this part of the season, every game has playoff and standings implications.