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05/09/2006 5:28 PM ET
Red Sox purchase lefthander Mike Holtz from Triple-A Pawtucket
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today announced that the club has purchased the contract of lefthanded pitcher Mike Holtz from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

Holtz, 33, will wear #43 and be in uniform for tonight's game in New York. He takes the roster spot of righthanded pitcher Manny Delcarmen, who was optioned to Pawtucket after Sunday's game.

With the move, the Red Sox' major league roster is at the 40-man limit.

Holtz has no record and a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16 IP) in 11 relief appearances with the PawSox this season. He leads the staff in appearances and is second in saves (3) and strikeouts (24). He was a non-roster invitee to Boston's major league spring training camp after being signed as a free agent on February 1, 2006.

The lefthander has a career major league record of 16-20 with a 4.68 ERA and three saves in 350 major league relief appearances with the Angels (1996-2001), A's (2002), and Padres (2002). He appeared in 50 or more games four times in a five-year span with Anaheim from 1997-2001, posting career bests with 66 appearances and 43.1 innings in 1997.

Holtz spent 2003 with Nashville in the Pittsburgh organization and 2004 with Durham in the Tampa Bay organization. In 2005, he was 0-1, 4.38 in 44 outings for the Yokohama BayStars of the Japan Central League. He was originally selected by the Angels in the 17th round of the 1994 MLB 1st Year Player Draft.

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