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Callups reinforce Sox's 'pen, so what's next?

@IanMBrowne and @SarahWexler32
September 1, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox rang in the opening of expanded roster season by making a flurry of moves ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Angels at Angel Stadium. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacín, catcher Juan Centeno and outfielder Gorkys Hernández were added to the 40-man and Major League rosters. Right-handers

ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox rang in the opening of expanded roster season by making a flurry of moves ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacín, catcher Juan Centeno and outfielder Gorkys Hernández were added to the 40-man and Major League rosters. Right-handers Travis Lakins, Hector Velázquez and Ryan Weber, already on the 40-man roster, were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Additionally, left-hander David Price was reinstated from the injured list to start on Sunday.

To make room for Chacin, Centeno and Hernandez, left-hander Chris Sale (left elbow inflammation) and right-hander Steven Wright (right toe contusion) were transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day, while first baseman Joey Curletta was outrighted off the 40-man roster.

The Red Sox will get an immediate look at Hernandez, as he was in the starting lineup on Sunday, batting ninth and playing center field against Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney. Hernandez, who spent the season in Pawtucket after signing a Minor League deal with the Red Sox in December 2018, is a right-handed hitter whose career splits have been worse against left-handed pitching.

“He actually had a good season against lefties,” manager Alex Cora explained. “He’s a good defender. He can run, bring some energy, so that was the reason that we decided to call him up.”

Cora was also able to provide some clarity on a role for Chacin, who joined the Red Sox on a Minor League deal on Saturday. For the time being, he’ll be pitching out of the bullpen.

“Obviously, there’s gonna be a few days that it’s gonna be a bullpen day, and we’ll see the matchups, and if we feel that he’ll start and can give us three innings, we’ll start with him,” said Cora.

Here’s a look at some other players who have made an impact for the Red Sox this season, or could in the very near future:

Arrival: Left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez

Level: Major Leagues
Of note: One earned run allowed in last 10 innings pitched (eight games)

Hernandez has proved emphatically that his stuff plays in the Major Leagues. While Hernandez was groomed as a starter in the Minors, he has been dominant for the Red Sox as a reliever, striking out 42 in 22 1/3 innings.

Red Sox Top 30 Prospects

Breakout: Right-hander Tanner Houck
Level: Triple-A
Prospect ranking: No. 5
Of note: 105 strikeouts in 105 innings between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket

Houck looks like he could become the first solid homegrown starter the Red Sox have had in a while. In his 22 1/3 innings at Triple-A, Houck has a 3.22 ERA.

Something to prove: Right-hander Durbin Feltman
Level: Double-A
Prospect ranking: No. 16
Of note: 6.12 ERA in the second half

Prior to the season, Feltman was on everyone’s list as a reliever who might be able to make a swift impact, just one season after he was drafted. However, Feltman has had a tough go of it at Double-A, as evidenced by a 5.26 ERA and 31 walks in 51 1/3 innings.

Name to watch: Infielder Bobby Dalbec Level: Triple-A
Prospect ranking: No. 2
Of note: Batted .274/.313/.509 in 28 games since promotion to Triple-A

Dalbec could be a big part of the Red Sox in 2020. Dalbec belted 20 homers at Double-A and then another seven after his promotion to Triple-A. With Rafael Devers looking entrenched at third base for years to come, Dalbec could be in the mix for playing time at first base next season.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Sarah Wexler is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @SarahWexler32.