Feb 21, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ryan Verdugo (62) makes a goofy face while posing with a name card for a picture during photo day at the Royals Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox acquire pitcher Ryan Verdugo via trade

Jul 17, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ryan Verdugo (62) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Halfway through what has been a rather confusing season for the Red Sox, the pitching has remained strong. The Red Sox further strengthened their pitching on Wednesday by acquiring left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo from Kansas City in return for cash considerations.

Verdugo, at age 27, has missed most of the first two months of the season with a sports hernia, but has since done pretty well in the minors, posting a 5-2 record with a 4.24 ERA in nine starts.

Verdugo is expected to be assigned to Pawtucket, where he has the ability to operate out of the bullpen, or as a starter. He possesses a 90 mph fastball, as well as a slider and a changeup.

Depending on what happens in the second half of the season, Verdugo could also see some time at Fenway. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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