Corey re-signs with Sox


34-year old free agent pitcher Bryan Corey, designated for assignment and released last week by Boston, has re-signed with the Red Sox to a minor league deal. That’s mildly surprising to me that no one claimed him off waivers or signed him, but it’s nice to have him back in the organization, as he provides some needed bullpen depth. He’s not really a great big league pitcher, but the kind of four-A guy that could really help us out in a pinch.

Utilityman Joe Thurston was designated for assignment yesterday in order to make room on the roster for emergency starter David Pauley. Thurston is also out of minor league options and must go through the waiver process before he is reassigned or chooses to become a free agent.

You probably have heard how the Sox kept yo-yoing Pauley yesterday about his start. First he “might” be needed, then he wasn’t starting, then he was starting. Through it all, he seemed rather calm. Following his start yesterday, Pauley was immediately optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket, and with Jason Varitek still under the weather, catcher Dusty Brown was recalled to back up Kevin Cash. That sure beats having to put Dustin Pedroia behind the plate, who volunteered.

You might have noticed that the bullpen was a little empty last night; Manny Delcarmen has contracted the flu, and was sent home yesterday to avoid infecting anyone else.

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