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Sox call up Delcarmen; Halama released

The Red Sox promoted right-handed pitcher and Hyde Park native Manny Delcarmen from Triple-A Pawtucket today and designated left-handed pitcher John Halama for assignment.

The 23-year-old Delcarmen was selected by the Red Sox out of West Roxbury High School in the second round of the 2000 first-year player draft and posted a 2.79 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 9.2 innings over seven appearances for Pawtucket following a July 6 promotion from Double-A Portland. With the Sea Dogs, he was 4-4 with three saves and a 3.23 ERA in 31 relief appearances including 49 strikeouts in 39.0 innings of work. He averaged 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings between the two stops.

In his five seasons of professional baseball, Delcarmen is 19-22 with four saves and a 3.80 ERA in 98 games (53 starts). He has struck out 353 in 326.2 innings to average 9.7 K’s per nine innings, despite missing most of the 2003 season after undergoing “Tommy John” ligament replacement surgery.

Delcarmen pitched Monday in Pawtucket’s 7-5 win vs. Ottawa (Orioles), allowing one hit and striking out two in 0.2 inning. He is available for tonight’s game against the Devil Rays.

The 33-year-old Halama, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent last December, was 1-1 with a 6.18 ERA in 30 games, all but one in relief. In his lone start May 3 at Detroit, Halama picked up the win after tossing five innings of two-run ball in a 5-3 triumph. He began his major league career began with the Astros in 1998 and pitched for the Devil Rays in 2004. The Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to trade him or waive him. Along with Alan Embree, Halama is the second left-handed pitcher designated for assignment by the Sox in the last eight days.

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