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Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen (59) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Fenway Park.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clayton Mortensen (59) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Clayton Mortensen was sent down to the minors in order to make room for spot starter Zach Stewart, but now that Double-A Portland has had their season end, he is back with the ed Sox once more, and with expanded rosters, likely to stay.

Mortensen has been great for the Red Sox this year, posting a 2.25 ERA and 2.2 K/BB over 32 innings of work, both vastly superior to his previous efforts in the majors. His work at Pawtucket has also been exceptional, with Mortensen posting a 1.91 ERA while striking out 8.6 batters per nine. Mortensen's ERA is a little lower than it deserves to be -- he's allowed 39 percent of inherited runners to score -- but all in all, he's done good work for the Red Sox, and consistently.

It's not highly likely, but one wonders if Mortensen, who has relieved for both Boston and Pawtucket all year, but has a past as a starter, will get a look in that role before season's end. Of his 19 appearances with the Sox, five have gone at least three innings, and he went five frames back in July against the A's. He has remained stretched out, and with nothing to lose, finding out if he can work as starting depth for an organization that could use that isn't a bad plan.