John Cornely

Red Sox acquire reliever John Cornely from Braves

Ryan Hannable
May 20, 2015 - 9:50 am

The Red Sox announced they've acquired right-handed pitcher John Cornely from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations. The reliever has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, as the Red Sox' 40-man roster now sits at 38. Cornely, 26, has only one major league appearance which came on April 29 of this year when he allowed four runs in an inning of work against the Nationals. In Triple-A this year he is 2-2 with one save, to go along with a 4.42 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 12 outings.  He ranks fifth among International League relievers with an average of 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He spent last year in Double-A and posted a 2.49 ERA, while holding opponents to a .186 batting average, second best among Southern League relievers. He was a 15th round pick in the 2011 draft by the Braves. For more Red Sox news, visit