Red Sox reinstate right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes from COVID-19 related injured list

Boston options infielder Jonathan Araúz to Triple-A Worcester


BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today reinstated right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes from the COVID-19 Related Injured List. To make room on the active roster, the Red Sox optioned infielder Jonathan Araúz to Triple-A Worcester.


Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.


Barnes, 31, has appeared in 43 games with the Red Sox this season, going 5-2 with 23 saves, a 2.30 ERA (11 ER/43.0 IP), a 0.81 WHIP, a .164 opponent batting average, 66 strikeouts, and 11 walks. On July 11, Barnes agreed to a two-year contract extension that spans the 2022-23 seasons, with a club option for 2024. Named an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2021, the right-hander ranks seventh on the Red Sox’ all-time list of games pitched (368).


Araúz, 22, has played in seven games over two stints with Boston this season, batting .286 (4-for-14) with one double and three walks. The switch-hitter has played in 55 games for Worcester this season, batting .224 (41-for-183) with four doubles, one triple, six home runs, and 27 RBI while making 33 starts at second base, 11 at third base, and eight at shortstop.