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.