Weiland to make Red Sox debut Sunday

July, 8, 2011
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Friday afternoon that right-hander Kyle Weiland will make his major league debut against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Fenway Park. He replaces Jon Lester, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a lat strain.

Weiland, the 24-year-old former University of Notre Dame standout, is in his fourth professional season in the Red Sox organization after he was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft.

He’s 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA this season at Triple-A Pawtucket. In his last 10 starts for the PawSox, he’s 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 17 starts.

“He’s throwing the ball really well,” Francona said. “He’s missing a lot of bats. He’s come up with a cutter, along with his breaking ball and fastball, he’s having a lot of success.”

Weiland has recorded 99 strikeouts in 93 innings this season, while walking just 37.

“He throws hard. He’s got a live arm and always has,” Francona said.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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