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Red Sox Sign Jesse Carlson

Lefthanded pitcher will have chance to make club out of spring training.

Former Berlin High School lefthanded pitcher Jesse Carlson signed with the Boston Red Sox. 

Carlson was released by the Toronto Blue Jays recently after suffering an injury in his throwing arm last year. 

According to his brother Cory, Jesse Carlson signed a split contract, where he will have every opportunity to make the major league club out of spring training. If he does not make the major league club, he would go to AAA Pawtucket. 

Carlson played at Berlin High School, graduating in 1999, and the University of Connecticut before being drafted by the Detroit Tigers. 

According to MLB.com, Carlson missed the entire 2011 campaign because of a left rotator cuff injury. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and was one of the club's top candidates to be non-tendered.

The 30-year-old has spent three seasons in the Majors en route to an 8-8 record and 3.63 ERA in 141 1/3 innings. His best season came in 2008, when he went 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 69 appearances. He earned the Blue Jays Rookie of the Year Award in 2008. 

Adam Vaccaro December 08, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Really cool to see Patch break this story!
Robert Mayer December 09, 2011 at 04:11 AM
Thanks Adam. It helps to be good friends with the entire family. But it is cool.
Tony Letizio December 10, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Jesse congrats my friend. It's really nice to see a local hometown kid make it, especially in the big leagues. You have always been an inspiration to all who know you. I'm really excited now because you're playing with my Red Sox. now go kick some butt on the Yankees. God bless you and we're all rooting for ya.

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