Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia to 15-day disabled list, Joe Kelly optioned to Triple-A in flurry of Red Sox roster moves

Ryan Hannable
June 25, 2015 - 7:54 am

It was a busy morning Thursday at Fenway Park as the Red Sox made a number of transactions. -- Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. The degree of strain is unknown. He injured it rounding first base in Wednesday's win, on an RBI single in the sixth inning. -- Joe Kelly has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket with Justin Masterson taking his spot in the rotation. He will start Sunday in Tampa Bay. Kelly will start Sunday in Pawtucket. -- Infielder Deven Marrero has been added to the 40-man roster and called up, as well as right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro to pitch out of the bullpen. -- Catcher Erik Kratz, who the Red Sox claimed off waivers Sunday, has been DFA'd. The Red Sox' 40-man was at 39, so only needed to open one spot to add Aro and Marrero. Manager John Farrell said Brock Holt would fill in mostly at second base with Marrero possibly starting against left-handers. "He's the heart and soul of our team in the short description of it," Farrell said of Pedroia. "The way he plays, what he means in the clubhouse, what he means on the field with his performance, probably having a career year to date. Hopefully this is on the order end on the time missed. In other words, after the 15 days hopefully he comes back to us. But, there is no projected date on his return, he'll be back to us as soon as he's capable." In sending Kelly to Triple-A, the Red Sox are hoping to get more consistency from the right-hander who has just one win over his last 13 starts. "The options would have been put him in the bullpen or send him down to start," Farrell said. "This centers around consistent command with the baseball and his pitches. It's certainly not stuff, it's not athleticism. The frustrating part for Joe and for all involved is that when you see an athlete with his ability and it doesn't translate to the consistent command of his pitches, that's what is continually being addressed. Felt like the uncertainty of pitching schedule coming out of the bullpen, best served to achieve this through consistent work in between starts starting in Pawtucket." In some positive news, after being hit with a line drive running the bases Wednesday night, Hanley Ramirez is day-to-day. There is no fracture to his hand, although Ramirez said he was concerned Wednesday night. He won't play Thursday, but will be back in the lineup as soon as he can grip a bat. "It's day-to-day, I can't give an exact time on his return," Farrell said.