Red Sox announce roster moves

August 29th, 2022

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves:

  • Recalled right-handed pitcher Kaleb Ort from Triple-A Worcester.
  • Selected right-handed pitcher Zack Kelly from Worcester.
  • Designated left-handed pitcher Austin Davis and right-handed pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura for assignment.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.

Ort, 30, has made 12 appearances for Boston over two stints this season, posting a 9.00 ERA (15 ER/15.0 IP). The right-hander surrendered eight runs over 0.2 innings on July 22 against the Toronto Blue Jays but has a 4.38 ERA (6 ER/12.1 IP) in his other 11 outings. Ort also has a 2.88 ERA (13 ER/40.2 IP) and 16 saves in 39 appearances for Worcester this season.

Kelly, 27, is 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA (21 ER/68.1 IP) and 13.30 strikeouts per nine innings (101 strikeouts) in 59 relief appearances for Worcester over the last two seasons, including a 2.72 ERA (15 ER/49.2 IP) and 13.05 strikeouts per nine innings (72 strikeouts) in a team-leading 44 outings this year. Signed by Boston as a minor league free agent in December 2020, the Virginia native attended 2022 Major League Spring Training with Boston as a non-roster invitee. The right-hander has also pitched in the Oakland A’s (2017) and Los Angeles Angels (2018-19) organizations. This is Kelly’s first time on a 40-man roster. His first appearance will be his Major League debut.

Davis, 29, allowed four runs (two earned runs) in 2.0 innings yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The left-hander has made a career-high 50 appearances for Boston this season, posting a 5.47 ERA (33 ER/54.1 IP) while also setting career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts (61).

Sawamura, 34, allowed three runs in the sixth inning yesterday against Tampa Bay. The right-hander has a 3.73 ERA (21 ER/50.2 IP) in 49 appearances for Boston this year, his second Major League campaign after signing with the Red Sox prior to the 2021 season.