The Boston Red Sox optioned infielder Travis Denker to Triple-A Pawtucket after claiming him off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

To make room for Denker on the 40-man roster, General Manager Theo Epstein said right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was being transferred to the 60-day disabled list after elbow surgery.

The 23-year-old Denker made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants last year, hitting .243 with one homer and three RBIs in 24 games.

He played in one game for Double-A San Antonio this season before he was waived.


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