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Red Sox place left-hander David Wells on disabled list04/15/2006 11:19 AM ET
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today placed lefthander David Wells on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 13) with a right knee sprain and recalled righthander Jermaine Van Buren from Triple-A Pawtucket. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.
Van Buren will wear number 46 and is available for this afternoon's game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. The 25-year-old made his major league debut with the Cubs last August 31 and went 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA (2 ER/6.0 IP) in six relief appearances, limiting opponents to a .118 batting average (2-for-17).
Wells began the season on the 15-day disabled list recovering from right knee surgery. Activated last Wednesday, he made the start that night against Toronto and allowed seven runs on 10 hits and one walk in 4.0 innings, striking out one in an 8-4 loss.
Claimed off waivers from the Cubs December 1, 2005, Van Buren has 47 saves and a 1.86 ERA (25 ER/121.0 IP) in 111 minor league relief appearances since making the move from starter to reliever in 2004. He was named the Cubs' 2005 Pitcher of the Year at Triple-A Iowa after posting a 1.98 ERA (12 ER/54.2 IP) and setting a franchise record with 25 saves.
In 2005, Van Buren ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in saves and limited opponents to a .181 batting average, including a .158 mark by righthanders. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder posted a 2-3 record in 52 Triple-A relief appearances. Van Buren had 65 strikeouts in 54.2 innings, an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
In two relief appearances with Pawtucket this season, Van Buren tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, walked none, struck out six and limited opponents to a .214 batting average (3-for-14).
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