Boston Red Sox

Jul 22, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tanner Houck (89) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Because of their double-header on Wednesday, the Red Sox were able to elevate an extra player from the minor leagues, and chose catcher Connor Wong. Instead of sending Wong back down on Thursday, the team decided to keep him and option pitcher Tanner Houck back to Pawtucket.

The move comes as trade rumors swirl ahead of tomorrow’s MLB Trade Deadline. If the Red Sox were to make a splash in the next 24 hours, it’s possible Houck could be involved.

In six appearances this season (four starts), Houck has recorded a 2.45 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 22 innings. The 25-year-old made two starts at the beginning of the season before being sent down, and was recalled in mid-July.

Wong, who was one of three players acquired in the Mookie Betts trade, made his MLB debut in late June while Kevin Plawecki was on the IL. He’s hit .273 in four career games.

Having Wong as a third catcher on the roster will give the Red Sox the flexibility to use Kevin Plawecki, who is normally the backup catcher, as a pinch hitter or designated hitter. Since the beginning of June, Plawecki is hitting .367 in 34 plate appearances.

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