Boston Red Sox

Jun 3, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher James Norwood (49) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox made a minor deal Saturday afternoon with the acquisition of right-handed pitcher James Norwood from the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.

A 28-year-old reliever, Norwood will report to Boston in the midst of a 2022 campaign that’s started with a 1-0 record, one hold, and 22 strikeouts in 17.1 innings over 20 appearances with Philadelphia. Norwood, a seventh-round pick of the Cubs in 2014, has also posted an 8.31 ERA and 1.90 WHIP with the Phillies this season.

Prior to his time in Philly, Norwood played with the Padres and Cubs, and has appeared in 48 total MLB games (all out of the bullpen) since the start of the 2018 season.

The New York native also has an extensive minor-league career, with 226 games and over 316 innings of work in seven years of work in the minors.

To make room for Norwood on the MLB roster, the Sox have optioned Kutter Crawford to Triple-A Worcester.

Crawford got the ball in Saturday’s 11-2 loss to the Cardinals, and allowed four earned runs on six hits (two homers) in four innings of work on the way to a loss.

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