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By Josh Liebeskind / MLB.com
Mortensen's wild ride continues with sixth callup
SEATTLE -- Clayton Mortensen's year of ping-ponging back and forth from the Red Sox to the Minors took another bizarre twist on Tuesday when he joined the big club in Seattle.Not only is it his sixth callup to the Majors this season, it extended what has been a run of cross-country travel. This past week, the right-hander has gone from Boston to Los Angeles to New Hampshire to Portland, Maine to Seattle. In two days, he will head back to Boston with his Red Sox teammates to complete a whirlwind nine days. Despite a season, and especially a week, of making an all-too-familiar trip from the Majors to the Minors -- he also pitched in a game at the Double-A level on Friday -- Mortensen said he's not letting it affect his mindset. "The only time it would get difficult is if you let it get difficult," he said. "I knew going in this year that I was going to be a swing guy. I didn't know how many times I was going to be -- I believe I'm on number six right now -- but you can't let it get to you. If you let it affect the way you work and get after it, boy, you're sent down and when you come back up, you'll be unprepared. Mortensen is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 19 appearances out of the bullpen with the Red Sox this season. He has struck out 26 and walked 12 in 32 innings. "Really never wanted him to leave," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Lot of things happened, it was a necessity for him to leave each time. I think the team kind of went south afterward, it seems, so hopefully we'll start heading north now that he's back." Mortensen said he will take on what the team asks him to do, whether it be out of the bullpen or starting. And hopefully, that will translate into him being a part of Boston's future. "I'd hope I've shown them I'm a hard worker. I'm a hard worker and I'm a competitor," he said. "I come out and I give 110 [percent] every time I take the mound. I hope they can see I'm a valuable asset. I don't know what they have in mind for going into next year, but hopefully I can be a piece of the puzzle next year. Hopefully, I've shown I'm capable of that."
Atchison's first rehab outing goes smoothly
SEATTLE -- Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison made the first appearance of his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket, throwing a quick and clean eight-pitch inning."Looked like he attacked the strike zone, had movement, got quick outs -- sounded like Atch to me," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Afterward, he had no pain. I'm glad that it looks like he's able to pitch." Atchison is on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury and hasn't pitched in the Majors since July 13. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 37 games this season.
Left-hander Franklin Morales, who is on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, played catch on Tuesday without any complications."He felt good, is pain free," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Going to start building him back up to game situation." Infielder Ivan De Jesus worked in the outfield before Tuesday's game. Valentine said De Jesus informed him that he can play the corners, but the first-year manager is unsure if he'll play him there. The Red Sox entered Tuesday having had 55 players appear in a game this season, tops in the Majors. They have only used 55 players once before, in 1996.
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.