Red Sox Remove Justin Thomas From Roster

The Red Sox have removed left-hander Justin Thomas from their 40-man roster, Alex Speier of tweets. In corresponding moves, the Red Sox optioned Clayton Mortensen to the minor leagues and selected the contract of Daniel Nava. It's not clear if the Red Sox designated Thomas for assignment or released him.

Thomas, 28, appeared in seven games for the Red Sox this year, allowing ten hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four. He has a 4.14 ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in eight seasons as a minor leaguer.

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  1. Why did they send down Mortenson?

    • He doesn’t give up enough runs and makes it seem like Bobby V. kind of knows what he is doing.

    • Devern Hansack 3 years ago

      This is pitiful. The Sox should DFA Albers and Miller and make Mortensen and Tazawa permanent fixtures in the ‘pen.

      • I guess it’s an options thing, but it’d be nice to be able to hold onto the relievers who actually earned a spot in the pen.

      • Dc21892 3 years ago

        Albers ONE bad outing came recently. Up until then he has thrown well all season.

      • Albers is the new Tim Wakefield. It doesn’t matter how bad he pitches, he will always be on the roster. And to think, Luis Ayala was out there all winter

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      He has pitched a ton in the last couple days (three innings again yesterday), so he wouldn’t be available for today anyway, and he’s also the only guy in the ‘pen with options (other than Aceves who is the closer right now).

    • I wouldn’t blame Bobby on this one. Sox management don’t have a clue.

  2. elclashcombo 3 years ago

    In Boston, $170M can only buy you a AAAA team. You gotta shell out the big bucks for a Major League Team.

  3. johnsilver 3 years ago

    It was good to see thomas unloaded, but why oh why for Nava??

    • Devern Hansack 3 years ago

      “Let’s send down our most reliable reliever to call up a fifth outfielder that will provide little to no value! Meanwhile, we can keep using Padilla, Miller, and Albers late in the game! Brilliant!”

  4. soxin10 3 years ago

    Isn’t it the pitching that is killing us…literally? Don’t we need more pitching? The bats seem to be holding their own

  5. chico65 3 years ago

    For the love of God anyone but Nava!

  6. Also in Red Sox news, their announcer died.

  7. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    That’s what I was thinking as well. We could have the following roles:
    LOOGY: Hill, Morales
    Swingman/low leverage: Atchison
    Medium leverage: Tazawa, Melancon
    High leverage: Aceves, Mortensen

    We’d naturally shuffle it around if/when Bailey returns.

  8. Six scoreless innings and your that confident about Mortenson?

  9. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    Yes. His repertoire has been altered since his struggles in Oakland and Colorado. Mort has also torn up AAA. Further, he utilizes game theory more than any other pitcher I can think of. Check this article out: 
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