On Tuesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora informed reporters that 34-year-old starter James Paxton would make his 2023 debut on Friday after beginning the season on the IL. One of the biggest questions that posed is how would the team’s pitching staff adjust with an extra arm?
For now, the starting rotation is remaining untouched. On Wednesday the team announced they’ve designated right-handed reliever Zack Littell for assignment in order to open up a roster spot for Paxton. The Red Sox acquired Littell from the Rangers in a trade last week, sending cash considerations back in return. In his two appearances in Boston, the 27-year-old allowed three earned runs in three innings.