Clayton Mortensen clears waivers, sent to Triple-A Pawtucket

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Clayton Mortensen has cleared waivers, leaving him still a member of the Red Sox organization.

Some good news for the Red Sox Wednesday, at least when it comes to depth:

Mortensen was designated for assignment when the Red Sox promoted Jonathan Diaz to cover for an injured Stephen Drew, ending a long saga which saw the Sox doing everything they could to avoid exposing Mortensen for waivers. Apparently, though, that was all for nothing, as nobody has bitten and picked Mortensen up.

Perhaps that shouldn't be terribly surprising. Despite Mortesen's strong results in 2012, he's been dreadful in 30 innings with the Sox this year, pitching to a 5.34 ERA with 16 walks to just 21 strikeouts. Any team that claimed him off of waivers would need to keep him on their big league roster, and apparently that's too much to ask for a gamble at his 2012 production.

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