Red Sox option Jeter Downs to Triple-A Worcester, Christian Arroyo expected to return this weekend

The Red Sox optioned Jeter Downs back to Triple-A Worcester on Thursday as they expect reinforcements ahead of their series this weekend in Cleveland.

With the Red Sox required to cut down to 13 pitchers on their active roster, Downs was promoted to Boston on Monday. He made his big-league debut in Wednesday’s win over the Tigers as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while playing third base for the first time in his career, but it was still the most memorable moment of his baseball career.

“That was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Downs said after the game. “I still can’t believe the game is over. It felt so fast. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted to but oh well. The team got the win and that’s the most important thing.”

It was always expected to be a short stay for Downs as the Red Sox waited for a few of their injured position players to get back to full strength. Christian Arroyo – who’s been on the COVID-19 related injured list after testing positive last week – seems the likeliest to rejoin the Red Sox in Cleveland as they begin a road trip there on Friday. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday.

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