Per Nick Cafardo, West Springfield native and 10-year MLB veteran Chris Capuano was cut loose by the Boston Red Sox Wednesday afternoon to make room for a returning Clay Buchholz, who will take the mound tonight against the Seattle Mariners.
Capuano compiled a 1-1 record with a 4.55 ERA over 28 appearances for the Red Sox, totaling 31 and 2/3 innings. The lefty appears to be a victim of the southpaw glut in the bullpen, as Felix Doubront recently joined a crew that also included Andrew Miller and Burke Badenhop.
Apparently, the Boston organization was more inclined to hold onto other assets with larger paychecks and higher ceilings than the 35-year old. Other moves may be looming.
The former Dodger, Met, Brewer and Diamondback started the season with 12 scoreless appearances, totaling 15 innings. He also had a stint in May with six of seven scoreless outings, but was lit up in other assignments, most notably during Monday’s 12-3 pasting at Seattle when he was unable to stop the bleeding after John Lackey‘s early ouster.
Capuano signed a one-year, $2.5 million pact in the off season that included incentives up to $5 million. Despite the struggles of the starting rotation, Capuano, a former starter, remained in the bullpen for the duration, until Wednesday.
For now, the Massachusetts kid pitching for his home team will have to look elsewhere for employment.