Red Sox plan to convert Masterson into reliever after Triple-A stint

Updated: July 7, 2008, 8:48 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Red Sox optioned starting pitcher Justin Masterson to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, with plans to convert him into a relief pitcher.

Manager Terry Francona said the team is preparing to recall right-hander Clay Buchholz, who will take Masterson's spot as the fifth starter. Buchholz was sent to the minors to work on his fastball command after spending the last two weeks of May on the disabled list.

"We think getting Justin getting acclimated to the bullpen has ...

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