Atchison clears waivers, optioned back to Pawtucket


Atchison clears waivers, optioned back to Pawtucket

By MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- Right-hander Scott Atchison cleared waivers Monday and was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. He is eligible to pitch for the PawSox as soon as he's added to their roster. He will also be added back to the Red Sox' 40-man roster.

Atchison was called up Thrusday and threw 3 23 innings and 67 pitches that night against the Angels, making him unavailable to pitch again for a few days after that. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves was called up on Friday from Pawtucket to take Atchison's place in the bullpen.

But Atchison could not immediately return to the PawSox -- not only because of his Thursday outing, but because of a little-known technical rule.

Despite the fact that Atchison still has options remaining, he could not immediately be optioned back to Pawtucket. Any player who made his big-league debut more than three years earlier and still has options remaining must first clear optional waivers before he can be optioned back to a minor league team. Atchison made his debut July 31, 2004.

To make room for Aceves on the 25-man roster on Friday, Atchison had to be designated, taking him off the 40-man roster and temporarily opening a spot there.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:


"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.



* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.


1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.