The Red Sox had a doubleheader on Wednesday, a two-game set that they split with the Blue Jays, and as part of the twin bill they were able to call up an extra player to be added just for the day. Boston called up catcher/super utility man Connor Wong from Worcester as their extra player. Typically, these players are only up for that one day and immediately optioned back down. That is not going to be the case this time around, as at least temporarily Wong will remain with the team. Instead, in a pretty surprising move, the Red Sox are optioning Tanner Houck back down to Worcester.
The #RedSox optioned RHP Tanner Houck to Triple-A Worcester following last night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 29, 2021
Now, before we get too worked up over this move, know that it is only temporary. Alex Cora indicated prior to Thursday’s series finale against Toronto that Houck will be set to start again next weekend when they have a doubleheader, again against the Blue Jays. He notes that this was just a “roster flexibility” move.
In the meantime, Wong will remain on the roster for at least right now, though that could also be temporary. Hirokazu Sawamura made a rehab appearance in Worcester on Wednesday, and should presumably be ready to rejoin soon, which could send Wong back down. And, of course, the trade deadline is tomorrow so any move on the trade front would also shake up the roster.
But for now, Wong stays up as a position player to come off the bench, with the Red Sox going with a four-man bench for the first time in a while. We’ll see how long it lasts.