Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson designated for assignment by Red Sox

Ryan Hannable
August 09, 2015 - 1:54 pm

With the Red Sox looking ahead to 2016, it's become time to give younger players more of an opportunity. Going along with that, the Red Sox designated right-hander Justin Masterson for assignment following Sunday's win over the Tigers. The right-hander will be removed from the 40-man roster and the team has 10 days to trade or release him. Masterson allowed a solo home run in the seventh inning going and has now allowe runs in three out of his last four outings. Without a defined role out of the bullpen and having his contract expire after this season, it was time to let him go. "In fairness to Justin, rather than travel, it was time to inform him today," manager John Farrell said to reporters after the game. He had a 6.14 ERA in nine starts to open the year and then after about six weeks was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis, then returned in a relief role in which he posted a 3.52 ERA in nine appearances. "It was consistent strike-throwing when you boil it down," Farrell said of why Masterson struggled. "He flashed some better arm strength at various points in time in the season but the overall consistency wasn't there. He was tough on some right-handers but the ability to hold it together in a starting role, multiple times through the order, that came and went. "Then when we got him through the bullpen. He had flashes of solid contributions but again it's the inconsistencies that led to this." For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.