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Ziegler, Red Sox time reliever's arrival just about right


Ziegler, Red Sox time reliever's arrival just about right

BOSTON -- Although he won’t be available for the 4:05 start Saturday, the Red Sox new reliever Brad Ziegler is coming to Boston at just the right time, with Craig Kimbrel expected to be out for at least three to six weeks.

While it appears that the trade that happened late Friday/early Saturday via a text with Arizona Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart was a result of Kimbrel’s tear in the medial meniscus in his left knee, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski explained that the timing just worked out favorably.

“We’ve been working on this for a while, it just so happened it happened yesterday,” Dombrowski said.

In fact, Boston had eyed the sidearming Ziegler to fill in for the set-up role they’d initially intended for Carson Smith.

“[He] gives us a little more depth -- somebody that we really like that we can depend upon,” Dombrowski said.

“Ziegler’s an established big-league pitcher at the back end of the pen. He’s a different-look guy for us. He’s a guy that doesn’t throw hard, but he’ a ground ball machine. Great make-up.”

The role for Ziegler (18 saves, 2.82 ERA for Arizona) has obviously changed with the injury to Boston’s closer and he’ll now slip in with the aging Koji Uehara, 41, as the interim closers.

But the Red Sox' newest addition to the disabled list thinks the righty can handle the job.

“With the addition last night [of Ziegler] that’s huge,” Kimbrel said following the announcement of his injury. “He’s done a great job over his career of getting guys out -- especially with the sinkerball that he throws. Having him in the bullpen is going to be huge for us.”

The deal also reunites two ex-Diamondbacks, Ziegler and infielder Aaron Hill -- who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Hill had nothing but praise for his old teammate and is excited to play behind him again.

“He adds a lot of value,” Hill said. “With any bullpen he adds a lot of value just with what he brings to the table . . . It’s never a comfortable at-bat [against Ziegler].”

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.”