Sox make move for Royals outfielder

The Guru
Contributing Writer

With their lead in the AL East sitting at 1 1/2 games, the Red Sox made a move to bolster their bench.

The Sox have obtained outfielder Quintin Berry from the Kansas City Royals for right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen.

Berry hit.258 with 21 steals last season for the Tigers and was claimed off waivers by the Royals in June.

Berry has struggled in Triple-A this year, hitting just .193 with a .309 on-base percentage and a .260 slugging percentage. He has 28 steals in 32 attempts.

Berry could provide Boston some late inning speed off the bench once rosters expand in September.

Mortensen was 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 50 appearances over parts of two seasons with the Red Sox. Mortenson had a 5.34 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in only 24 games this season.

Mortensen was designated for assignment June 29, cleared waivers and was sent to Triple A Pawtucket.

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