Red Sox designate LHP Remlinger for assignment

BOSTON (Ticker) - Mike Remlinger evidently was not the lefthanded reliever the Boston Red Sox were looking for.

On Sunday, the Red Sox designated Remlinger for assignment and recalled lefthander Abe Alvarez from Class AAA Pawtucket of the International League.

It is the second time this season the 39-year-old Remlinger has been designated for assignment, giving the Red Sox 10 days to trade or release him.

Since being acquired in an August 9 trade from the Chicago Cubs after being designated for assignment, Remlinger posted a 14.85 ERA in eight appearances for Boston. He allowed 15 hits and 11 earned runs in just 6 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox, who also designated lefthander Alan Embree for assignment last month, have only one lefthander - Mike Myers - in their bullpen.

Remlinger, who was 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 35 games with the Cubs this season, has appeared in 604 games with six teams in his 13-year career. He enjoyed his best years with the Atlanta Braves from 1999-2002, going 10-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his first year with them and 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA in his last.

The 22-year-old Alvarez, who was Boston’s second-round pick in 2003, allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings in his only major league appearance last season with the Red Sox. In 25 starts with Pawtucket this season, Alvarez was 11-5 with a 4.72 ERA.

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Updated Sunday, Aug 28, 2005