07/30/2006 7:06 PM ET
Red Sox acquire Bryan Corey
Boston sends Luis Mendoza in swap of right-handers
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today acquired righthanded pitcher Bryan Corey from the Texas Rangers in exchange for righthanded pitcher Luis Mendoza. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.
Corey, who was designated for assignment by Texas on July 25, has been added to Boston's 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, righthanded pitcher Matt Clement has been transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Corey, 32, was 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 relief appearances with the Rangers since his promotion from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 9. He allowed runs in just three of his 16 outings while holding lefthanded hitters to a .147 (5-34) batting average. Corey worked 11.0 scoreless innings over ten appearances from June 24-July 20, the longest by a Rangers reliever this season.
The righthander made his first two appearances after his promotion at Fenway Park, pitching 2 2/3 hitless innings with four strikeouts. He defeated the Red Sox on June 10 for his first major league victory.
Signed by the Rangers as a Minor League free agent on March 29, 2006, Corey posted a 0.60 ERA with eight saves in 12 relief appearances for Oklahoma and was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and seven saves in 13 games at Double-A Frisco. Originally selected by Detroit in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, he was converted from a position player to a pitcher by the Tigers in 1995. Corey has also played in the Arizona, Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida, and Chicago Cubs organizations and pitched in the Japan Central League in 2004. He appeared in three games with the Diamondbacks in 1998 and made one appearance with the Dodgers in 2002.
Mendoza was 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts at Single-A Wilmington and 1-5 with a 6.38 ERA in 9 starts at Double-A Portland after joining the Sea Dogs in June. This was his sixth season in the Boston organization.
Clement was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 16 (retroactive to June 15) with a right shoulder strain. He is 5-5 with a 6.61 ERA in 12 starts with the Red Sox this season.