Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Worcester's Chris Murphy pitches versus Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. (Alan Arsenault/USA Today Network)

As they begin a week-long road trip, the Boston Red Sox are making a change to their pitching staff. As first reported by Chris Cotillo of MassLive, the team is calling up pitching prospect Chris Murphy from Triple-A Worcester, while optioning Kaleb Ort back to the WooSox to open up a roster spot.

Murph, a 25-year-old lefty, is the 20th ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization according to Drafted by Boston in the sixth round of the 2019 MLB Draft, he’s now set to make his MLB debut.

  • The exact date of Murphy’s debut is still up in the air. According to Cotillo, Murphy “will be active and available out of the bullpen” this week when the Sox play a three-game series in Cleveland, but also is a candidate to start Thursday’s series finale, which currently doesn’t have a starter scheduled (a spot opened due to Chris Sale being placed on the IL).

    So far this year Murphy has appeared in 10 games for the WooSox, starting nine. He’s 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA, and 42 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

    For Ort, this is his third time being optioned this year. The 31-year-old righty has been used exclusively out of the bullpen by the Sox this season. In 14 appearances he’s 1-0 with a 5.87 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

    The Red Sox and Guardians begin their series Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive field. After three games in Cleveland, the Sox will head to the Bronx this weekend for their first games of the year against the Yankees.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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