Help is on the way for the beleaguered Red Sox when rosters expand on Wednesday, but not from Jeremy Hermida.
The Sox said after Tuesday's listless loss at Baltimore that they had released Hermida, acquired this past offseason from Florida. Hermida had been playing in Pawtucket after being designated for assignment a month ago to make room for Ryan Kalish. In 19 games with the PawSox, Hermida hit .288 with two homers and 12 RBIs.
When the Red Sox acquired the former first-round selection from the Marlins last winter, GM Theo Epstein thought Boston would reap the benefits of his untapped abilities. Unfortunately, Hermida suffered fractured ribs in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre in early June and spent more than a month on the DL.
He hit only .203 with five homers and 27 RBIs with Boston.
On the plus side, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Eric Patterson, who were both in Baltimore on Tuesday, will be activated for Wednesday's game, and Epstein mentioned there could be one more new arrival. Other call-ups, he said, may come after Pawtucket finishes its season.