The Boston Red Sox today added infielder Luis Jimenez to the active major league roster. He took the 25-man roster spot of right-handed pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night's game against the New York Yankees. Jimenez will wear No. 16 and will be available for tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park beginning at 7:10 p.m.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Jimenez, 27, was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Saturday and claimed by the Red Sox yesterday. The right-handed batter appeared in 15 games for Milwaukee this season, going 1-for-15 with a run scored and a walk. Both of his starts came at third base (seven total games) and he also appeared defensively at second base once. Originally signed as an international free agent by the Angels in 2005, the Dominican native has played 67 career major league games over parts of three seasons between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013-14) and Milwaukee (2015), batting .218 (34-for-156) with 19 runs, eight doubles, and seven RBI. He has primarily played third base (54 games, 40 starts), but also has experience at the major league level at first base (two games, one start), shortstop (one game), and second base (one game). In 2014, he ranked third in the Pacific Coast League with 34 doubles for the Angels' Triple-A Salt Lake affiliate, and also appeared in 18 major league games over three major league stints with the Angels.
Hinojosa, 29, made his major league debut last night after being selected to the active roster from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. In 1.2 innings against the Yankees, the right-hander walked three batters and struck out two without surrendering a hit or a run. Hinojosa began the season with Pawtucket and went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA (3 ER/7.1 IP) and nine strikeouts in four relief appearances. In 41 games for the PawSox in 2014, his first pro campaign in the United States, the native of Isla de la Juventud, Cuba went 3-5 with three saves and a 3.79 ERA (26 ER/61.2 IP), including a 1.83 ERA (7 ER/34.1 IP) over his final 21 games of the season. Overall last year, he recorded 65 strikeouts in a team-high 61.2 innings out of the bullpen for Pawtucket and ranked third among International League relief qualifiers in opponent batting average (.183). Before signing with the Red Sox as an international free agent on October 10, 2013, Hinojosa played nine seasons for Guantanamo of Cuba's Major League Serie Nacional.
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