The Red Sox made another roster move on Friday, sending Robbie Ross down to Pawtucket and calling up the right-handed Noe Ramirez.
I’ve said for most of the year that I don’t really understand the treatment of Ross, but it is becoming clear that the organization is much lower on the lefty than I am. To be fair to them, he had a rough outing on Thursday night before being demoted. Plus, Robby Scott is handling things well as the primary lefty and Fernando Abad has been...fine. Ross will once again need to prove that he is still his old self against Triple-A hitters.
Ramirez, meanwhile, has been an up-and-down arm for a few years now and doesn’t figure to be more than that this year. The righty has made one appearance with the big-league squad in 2017, striking out one in 1 2⁄3 scoreless innings. He’s pitching decently well in Pawtucket, too, with a 2.53 ERA over 10 2⁄3 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.
I imagine that Ramirez or someone else will be optioned soon as well, as the team is still playing with a short bench after Chase d’Arnaud was designated for assignment to make room for Hector Velazquez prior to Thursday’s game.