Boston Red Sox

Jul 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura (19) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to their trio of trades, the Red Sox made three additional roster moves on Friday, ahead of their series-opening game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The team activated relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura from the IL, called up infielder Jonathan Arauz, and designated outfielder Marcus Wilson for assignment.

Hirokazu was placed on the IL last week due to triceps inflammation. In 38 appearances for the Red Sox this year, the 33-year-old has recorded a 2.87 ERA over 37.2 innings.

Arauz will give the Red Sox another utility option off the bench, which is needed after the team traded away Michael Chavis earlier in the day. This will be his second major league stint this year – he hit .250 over a four-game stretch in mid-May.

Wilson was acquired by the Red Sox in 2019 in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, in exchange for Blake Swihart. The 24-year-old was hitting .242 for the WooSox this year through 64 games. His 40-man roster spot will likely go to one of the players acquired by the Red Sox over the last 24 hours.

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