Top Red Sox pitching prospect activated for Game 2 vs. Tigers


Just days after Michael Chavis made his major league debut, another top Red Sox prospect could do the same.

Darwinzon Hernandez has been activated to the Sox roster as the 26th man for the nightcap of their day-night doubleheader against the Tigers Tuesday.

Hernandez was scheduled to pitch for Double-A Portland on Tuesday anyway, and now he is ready to help out a Sox bullpen that already threw four innings in Game 1. With Hector Velazquez not expected to pitch more than four or five innings, Hernandez could indeed be called upon in the nightcap.

"I loved what I saw in spring training when he started and came out of the bullpen," said Alex Cora after Boston's Game 1 loss. "Today we just have to take advantage of the 26th man."

Hernandez, considered to be one of the Sox' best pitching prospects, has posted a 1.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 10 innings with the Sea Dogs, though he has also walked seven men.

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And Hernandez won't be the only new arm in the bullpen tonight. The Red Sox have reportedly also optioned Bobby Poyner back to Pawtucket and recalled Travis Lakins from the PawSox. Lakins, a 24-year-old righty, has a 3.38 ERA in six games in Triple-A this season. He has never pitched in the majors.

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