Red Sox Place Right-handed Pitcher Heath Hembree on 10-day Injured List

Club Recalls Right-Handed Pitcher Josh Smith from Triple-A Pawtucket

August 2nd, 2019

BOSTON, MA – Prior to tonight’s game against the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox placed right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree on the 10-day injured list with right lateral elbow inflammation. To fill Hembree’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Smith from Triple-A Pawtucket.

 President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Hembree, 30, appeared in four of the Red Sox’ seven games during their recent homestand, including each of the last two. In 43 appearances this season, he is 1-0 with two saves, a 4.06 ERA (17 ER/37.2 IP), and 30 scoreless outings. Selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2010 June Draft, Hembree has a 3.55 ERA (100 ER/253.2 IP) over 247 career relief appearances between the Giants (2013) and Red Sox (2014-19).

 Smith, 31, has made 10 appearances (two starts) over four major league stints with Boston this season, going 0-2 with one save and a 5.40 ERA (11 ER/18.1 IP). In five outings (four starts) since being optioned to Pawtucket on June 25, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 4.94 ERA (15 ER/27.1 IP). Since making his major league debut in 2015 with Cincinnati, Smith has made 77 appearances (11 starts) for the Reds (2015-16), Athletics (2017), and Red Sox (2019), posting a 5.31 ERA (86 ER/145.2 IP).