By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
Mebane’s Zack Littell is back in the major leagues after a couple of off-field moves on back-to-back days.
Suddenly, he’s wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform.
He made his debut with his new team Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Littell was traded from the Texas Rangers organization, where he had been with Triple-A Round Rock, to Boston on Friday. The Red Sox assigned him to Triple-A Worcester.
On Saturday, the Red Sox selected his contract from Worcester and placed him on their active roster.
He pitched the bottom of the eighth in Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He gave up two two-out runs, surrendering two hits and two walks (one intentional).
Littell, an Eastern Alamance alum, has previously pitched in the major leagues for the Minnesota Twins (2018-20) and San Francisco Giants (2021-22). He also has spent time in the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees organizations.
The Texas-to-Boston trade was made for cash considerations and didn’t involve another player.
With Texas-affiliate Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League, Littell had a 2-0 record and 2.25 earned run average in eight relief appearances covering 12 innings. He struck out 16 and walked two.