The Red Sox will be optioning outfielder Jarren Duran back to Triple-A Worcester and recalling right-hander Tanner Houck. Boston will have Houck make a start on Tuesday night against the Twins.
Duran was initially called up by the Red Sox after the All-Star break. The speedy outfielder made his big-league debut on July 17. During his time with the Red Sox, Duran hit .221 with two home runs, eight RBIs in 27 games.
The 24-year-old outfielder struggled at the plate while in Boston. At times he provided a spark and memorable moments in his short time with the Red Sox. Back on July 28, Duran nearly had an inside-the-park home run. Duran smoked a line drive into the gap in center against Toronto.
Thesis: Jarren Duran is fast.
Exhibit A: pic.twitter.com/qIRdIAhGuE
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 29, 2021
“It’s fun and it’s hard at the same time,” Duran said, when asked about adjusting to major-league pitching. “It’s a mental toll, but it’s fun to know you can come in each day and get better. You get to take it out into the game and see what you do and if it doesn’t work, then you go back to the drawing board and keep working. It’s a process — baseball is a big process game. They adjust to me, then I have to adjust to them. It’s a big game of cat and mouse.”
With Jarren Duran being optioned back to Worcester, the Red Sox will shift Kyle Schwarber into the outfield.
Tanner Houck Recalled with Jarren Duran Optioned
Houck will rejoin the Red Sox and make a critical start to open the team’s series against the Twins on Tuesday. Over 34.2 innings with the big club this season, the 25-year-old owns a 3.12 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 11.9 K/9.
Houck has shuttled back and forth between Worcester and Boston a lot this season. The club has been up front with Houck on moving back and forth between the majors and Triple-A.
“They’ve been very forward about everything,” Houck said. “They’ve been great about the communication.
“I’ve said it since day one, I don’t want to take anything away from this team, I only want to give. … I could get frustrated, but that’s not going to help anyone. It’s more mentally taxing on you if that’s the way you go about things. If you kind of go about it like, ‘It doesn’t matter where I’m at as long as I go out there and compete and do the little things that matter, it truly doesn’t matter where you are.’”
Houck is 0-3 this season with the Red Sox, he owns a 3.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season.
– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)
Feature image courtesy of Baseball America
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