Red Sox announce several roster changes

Red Sox announce several roster changes

The Red Sox announced a series of roster moves ahead of their double-header with the Orioles today, and as expected, the right-hander Josh Winckowski was added to the list as the 27th man. Winckowski is set to make his Major League debut when he starts the second game of the doubleheader. In other movements, Hansel Robles was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Hirokazu Sawamura was opted for Triple-A Worcester, while the right-handers Ryan Brasier and Philippe Valdez were called up from Triple-A.

Robles is battling back spasms and hasn’t pitched since May 22 (his IL placement is retroactive to May 25). In an inconsistent season for the Red Sox bullpen, Robles emerged as a closer candidate, recording two saves and recording a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings of work. However, secondary metrics aren’t impressed with Robles’ work – his strikeout rate is just 16.2% and Robles has enjoyed a BABIP of 0.188.

Sawamura has a solid 3.60 ERA over 15 innings this year, and his demotion likely reflects less of his performance than restocking the bullpen with fresher arms. After pitching three of the last four days, Sawamura will likely have a short break in Triple-A before being called back to Boston in a few days. Brasier (6.28 ERA) and Valdez (6.10) have each struggled at the big league level this year and will have another chance to turn things around as the Sox continue to seek reliability late in games.

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