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Red Sox call up Aaron Judge's good friend, Justin Haley

Rob Bradford
June 08, 2018 - 12:49 pm

It was no surprise Jalen Beeks was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket Friday. His replacement was somewhat of an eyebrow-raiser.

The Red Sox purchased the contract of another PawSox starter, Justin Haley, adding the 26-year-old to the 25-man roster. With Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez both having to work Thursday night, the team was most likely prioritizing a long man, a role that fits Haley.

Haley has made 11 starts at Triple-A this season, going 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA. He had spent part of last season in the majors with the Twins, making six appearances out of the bullpen.

The 6-foot-5 righty isn't prone to blowing hitters away but has displayed excellent command throughout his professional career. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, coming from Fresno State where he was a teammate with New York's Aaron Judge.

"We lived in the same complex, next door to each other. We would hang out all the time," Haley told in spring training. "We got really close. Obviously, he was the biggest dude any of us had ever seen. We all thought he was a football player. We were like, 'Are you lost or something?' Right away you knew he was a cool, friendly guy. A gentle giant. He's the nicest guy but he's going to be the fiercest competitor, you learn that when you start playing."

For more on the friendship between Judge and Haley, click here.