BALTIMORE — Left-hander Alan Embree has been designated for assignment for the Boston Red Sox, who needed to make room on their roster to bring Daisuke Matsuzaka off the disabled list on Saturday night.
Embree pitched for the 2004 Red Sox team that won the World Series, but never threw a pitch for Boston in his second stint with the club.
He was signed to a minor league contract on March 20 and struggled during spring training. The 40-year-old veteran began the season at Triple-A Pawtucket and was activated by the Red Sox on Wednesday, but didn’t pitch in the two games he was on the roster.
“I would have liked to have pitched him,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “The idea was to get him here. We were looking forward to having him pitch. It didn’t work out that way.”
Francona and general manager Theo Epstein informed Embree of the move after Friday’s game with the Orioles.
“When we told him (Friday) night, he was very professional,” Francona said.
Matsuzaka was scheduled to start against the Orioles. He was sidelined with a neck injury.