Through no fault of his own, Tanner Houck now resides in the borderland of the Red Sox alternate site in Worcester, biding his time while awaiting his next big league opportunity.
On the surface, the turn of events seems baffling. Through his first five big league appearances, Houck is an eye-popping 3-1 with a 1.17 ERA, 31 strikeouts, and 10 walks in 23 innings.
The Sox couldn’t have asked — or even hoped — for more. Yet with the return of Eduardo Rodriguez to the rotation, the 24-year-old righthander was redirected to Polar Park on Tuesday night.
Why? Foremost, Houck has minor league options that allow him to be shuttled to and from Worcester while the current members of the rotation (Rodriguez, Nate Eovaldi, Garrett Richards, Nick Pivetta, and Martín Pérez) do not.
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