Here's the press release from the Red Sox regarding the activation on LHP Billy Wagner and release of RHP Brad Penny:
BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today added left-handed pitcher Billy Wagner to the active Major League roster and released right-handed pitcher Brad Penny from the roster.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Wagner, who will wear No. 13 (Alex Gonzalez will switch to No. 3) and be available for tonight’s game against the White Sox at Fenway Park, was acquired from the Mets on Tuesday (August 25) in exchange for two players to be named later. The 38-year-old lefty has appeared in two games for the Mets in 2009, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. In 45 relief outings with New York last season, Wagner was 0-1 with 27 saves in 34 chances and a 2.30 ERA (12 ER/47.0 IP) before undergoing season-ending Tommy...
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Jed Lowrie was removed from Triple A Pawtucket's game on Wednesday night due to discomfort in his wrist after striking out in the only plate appearance of his third rehab game. A PawSox spokesperson said that the removal was precautionary following "an anxious moment," but that Lowrie seems likely to return to the lineup on Thursday assuming that there is no further issue. Lowrie hit three homers in the first two games of his rehab assignment.
"He said it was similar to what he felt before," Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson told the Providence Journal. "I don't think it's going to be a major thing. I'm not a medical guy. I probably shouldn't get into this ball park. But you know when you have a surgery done, there are going to be days when it's going to feel different. I think he had some anxiety going on so...
Brad Penny confirmed via text message to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that he had requested and was granted his release following Wednesday's game against the White Sox. The news of the pitcher's release was first reported by the Boston Herald. Penny, signed to a one-year, $5 million deal this offseason, told the Herald that he was hoping to be released so that he would have time to sign with a contending club before Aug. 31, thereby making him eligible to pitch in the postseason.
As WEEI.com reported Tuesday, Penny was not eligible to be traded after he was claimed on trade waivers earlier this month and subsequently pulled back by the Red Sox.
According to the Boston Herald, Brad Penny asked for and was granted his release by the Red Sox, clearing a roster spot for newly-acquired reliever Billy Wagner. “I enjoyed playing with all of the guys,” he told the Herald after the Red Sox' 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday night. “I played for a great manager on a great team. I had a great time. I enjoyed it. I wish things had worked out better, but that happens.” He finishes his stint with the Red Sox with a 7-8 mark and a 5.61 ERA.
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