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Red Sox acquire reliever Brad Ziegler from Diamondbacks

Red Sox acquire reliever Brad Ziegler from Diamondbacks

Dave Dombrowski has never been a don't-just-do-something-stand-there! type of general manager. If his teams need help, he's aggressive in going out and getting it.

So it comes as no surprise that, while you were probably sleeping, the Red Sox bullpen added another arm. And a pretty good one, too.

As soon as the Arizona Diamondbacks' game with the San Francisco Giants was over, at approximately 1:40 a.m. EDT, the Red Sox and D-backs made the joint announcement that veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, who just a year ago recorded 30 saves wih a 1.85 ERA, was being sent to Boston for infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe and pitcher Jose Almonte, both of whom were playing at Class A Greenville.

Ziegler told reporters in Phoenix that he would be in Boston today, in time for the Red Sox' 4:05 p.m. game against the Rays.

It's Dombrowski's third deal in three days, and potentially may have the biggest impact of all.

Acquiring Aaron Hill from Milwaukee gives the Sox a right-handed bat to platoon with Travis Shaw at third base, and adding Michael Martinez from Cleveland increases the team's organizational depth.

But at the very least, Ziegler lengthens the Sox' thin bullpen, giving them the additional late-inning arm they've been seeking since Carson Smith went down. And at most, he could prove to be the replacement for either Junichi Tazawa, who hasn't pitched since Sunday because of shoulder soreness, or -- perish the thought -- Craig Kimbrel, who is undergoing an MRI today for a knee injury that prevented him from playing last night and, the Sox say, will keep him out of Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Ziegler, 36, throws a heavy sinker and induces plenty of groundballs. He broke into the majors with the A's in 2008 and has been with the Diamondbacks since going to Arizona in a trade-deadline deal in 2011. In 36 appearances this season, he has 18 saves and a 2.82 ERA. His WHIP, however, is 1.461 -- 41 hits allowed and 15 walks in 38 1/3 innings -- which is the second-highest of his career. It was a career-low 0.956 (48 hits and 17 walks in 68 innings) last season.

He will be a free agent at the end of the year.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Sox shifted Blake Swihart to the 60-day disabled list.

Dombrowski and manager John Farrell are expected to speak about the trade prior to today's game.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”