July 31, 2012

Breslow '02 Acquired by Red Sox; Lavarnway Call-Up Near

With Possible Promotion Near, Lavarnway Could Join Breslow in Boston This Week

BOSTON, Mass. — Craig Breslow '02, an All-Ivy pitcher and 2002 team captain for the Yale University baseball team, was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in a trade deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday afternoon.

And according to the Boston Globe, Breslow could soon be joining another former Bulldog in the Red Sox clubhouse. Nick Cafardo, the national baseball writer for the Globe, reported on his Twitter account that Red Sox might promote former Yale catcher Ryan Lavarnway '09 from Triple-A Pawtucket later this week.

Breslow joins the Red Sox bullpen after compiling a 2-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in 40 appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He compiled 43.1 innings of work, allowing 38 hits and 13 earned runs with 42 strikeouts and an impressive 1.18 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). He has limited opposing bats to a .233 batting average.

Breslow got off to a great start to the 2012 season, with a 1-0 mark and a 2.38 ERA in 10 games in the first month of the season and an even-better 1.93 ERA in 13 appearances in May. After struggling slightly in June, grabbing a 1-0 record despite a 5.59 ERA in nine appearances, Breslow has been stellar in July, allowing one earned run and just five hits in eight appearances so far this month. In his eight July appearances, Breslow has recorded 10 strikeouts and a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings of work.

After the trade that sent Breslow to Boston in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik, the former Bulldog returns to the Red Sox organization after spending the last five seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Oakland A's and Arizona Diamondbacks. Breslow spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Red Sox organization, spending most of that time with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway has appeared in 82 games this season as Pawtucket's starting catcher. He holds a .298 batting average with 94 hits in 315 at-bats. He has 22 doubles and eight home runs with 43 RBIs and 52 runs scored. He was voted to start for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Following an impressive start to the 2011 season, Lavarnway was called up to the major leagues at the end of last season and saw action in the Boston lineup in 17 games, hitting a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles in his first stint in Boston.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity