BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox called up right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen and designated lefty John Halama for assignment on Tuesday.

Delcarmen, a second-round draft pick by Boston in 2000, had a 2.79 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 9 2-3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket. He began the season at Double-A Portland, where he was 4-4 with three saves and a 3.23 ERA in 31 games.

Halama was part of an ineffective Red Sox bullpen, going 1-1 with a 6.16 ERA in 30 games, 29 in relief, since signing as a free agent last December. His major league career began with Houston in 1998 and he pitched for Tampa Bay last year.

The Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to waive him or trade him. He is the second lefty reliever designated for assignment by Boston in eight days, following Alan Embree.

Delcarmen, a Boston native, has 353 strikeouts in 326 2-3 innings over five minor-league seasons with a 19-22 record, four saves and a 3.80 ERA in 98 games. He pitched in only four games in the 2003 season, when he underwent elbow ligament surgery.

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