Tommy Layne

Red Sox roster moves: Tommy Layne recalled, Dalier Hinojosa selected; Jackie Bradley optioned, Anthony Varvaro designated

Ryan Hannable
April 29, 2015 - 12:03 pm

For the fourth straight day, the Red Sox made a roster move affecting their bullpen. Wednesday the team recalled reliever Tommy Layne and selected Dalier Hinojosa, while optioning Jackie Bradley back to Triple-A Pawtucket and designating Anthony Varvaro for assignment. Varvaro was designated for assignment in order to get Hinojosa onto the 40-man roster. Bradley Jr. was up for Tuesday's game, but didn't get into the game. The bullpen has thrown 15 innings over the last three games, so the extra arms were needed. "Obviously we needed the ability to have not only fresh arms but another pitcher that'€™s capable of multiple innings and that'€™s where Hinojosa comes into the mix," manager John Farrell said. It is Layne's second stint with the team this year after throwing 4 2/3 innings in the first week of the year and allowing three runs. He was optioned when Koji Uehara returned for the home opener. Hinojosa signed with the Red Sox in 2013 as an international free agent and spent last year with Pawtucket. The right-hander went 3-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 41 games. This season he's thrown 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs. It's his first taste of the big leagues. "The stuff that he has, the power in his arm, the breaking ball that he possesses," Farrell said. "What we needed was another right-hander to matchup against right-handed hitters and that'€™s where he comes into the mix to us." Varvaro, who was traded to the Red Sox this offseason, has thrown 11 innings his year and allowed five runs, while walking six. It wasn't necessarily anything he did poorly, it was just a matter of necessity and making a roster move for a fresh arm. "We'€™re trying to get a number of guys on track," said Farrell. "To single any one pitcher out is probably not the right approach given the work that we'€™ve had with the group of guys here. Again, Anthony'€™s strength has been against left-handed hitting in the past. The fact that we'€™ve got three left-handers in the bullpen, the fit was to go the direction we are." The Red Sox now are carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players, one more pitcher than usual. For more Red Sox news, check out