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Newcomer Colten Brewer draws high praise as ‘intriguing’ Red Sox bullpen option

Newcomer Colten Brewer draws high praise as ‘intriguing’ Red Sox bullpen option

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox will have most of the band back together for 2019. But that doesn’t mean you won’t see some new faces making an impact this season.

One of those players could be right-handed reliever Colten Brewer.

Brewer was acquired in November from San Diego for minor-league infielder Esteban Quiroz. The 26-year-old has only 11 major-league appearances on his resumé, but Sox manager Alex Cora is excited to see what he brings to the table in a Boston bullpen that needs guys to step up in Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel’s absence.

“Brewer is a guy that intrigues me,” Cora said Wednesday at JetBlue Park. “I know he has big-league experience but size, size-wise, it’s pretty interesting what we’re going to do with him. And I can’t wait to see the ending result. I do feel stuff-wise he’s up there with [Matt] Barnes, [Ryan] Brasier, [Heath] Hembree and Work [Brandon Workman] and all those guys. If we can adjust a few things, I think he’ll have an impact.”

The former Padre spoke Friday about what goes through his mind when he thinks about  being a member of the Red Sox organization, and the expectations he’s set for himself on a championship ball club.

“Well, a World Series championship team. That’s what goes through my mind,” Brewer said. “So like, that’s what I’m ready to do. I’m ready to go out there and show what I can do.”

When you see Brewer take the mound in a Red Sox uniform this season, you can expect him to throw a heavy dose of two pitches.

“Usually cutters,” Brewer said. “You know, cutters up is . . . my bread and butter that I like to do. And then, you know, spin the curveball down and away. Usually I bury it in the dirt, too. That’s usually what I can do.”

Brewer is soaking up all the information he can from a group of pitchers that contributed to a World Series title three months ago.

“I’m ready to learn from them as much as I possibly can,” he said. “And take what they have to say and things they can teach me and go from there.”

Last year, it was Ryan Brasier unexpectedly stepping up for the bullpen when needed most. The door is wide open for Brewer to follow in Brasier’s footsteps.

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Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait even longer to hear the results of MLB's ongoing investigation into the 2018 team's alleged sign-stealing.

Commissioner Rob Manfred stated back on Feb. 16 he expected the investigation to conclude by the end of this week. On Tuesday, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported an announcement likely won't be made until early March.


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Of course, that means a ruling will come only a couple of days later than anticipated, but there's no doubt Sox fans are growing frustrated with the constant delays.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday the league has concluded its interviews for the investigation.

“As of right now, we understand that the interviews that they were going to have and did have as well as the information they were gathering from beyond the player interviews has all happened,” Clark said, per The Boston Globe. “Now we’re just waiting for the decision itself.”

Multiple Red Sox players claim the 2018 team did nothing wrong and that there shouldn't be a punishment coming their way. If MLB does hand down punishments, the expectation is that they won't be severe.

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

The Boston Red Sox are playing it safe with one of their prospects during spring training. Not because of anything injury-related, but because of the coronavirus.

Taiwanese right-hander Chih-Jung Liu is being quarantined in a hotel room, as a team spokesman said the organization is using “an overabundance of caution" to guard against the virus, per The Boston Globe.

Liu, who arrived to the United States for his first spring training after being signed in October, provided an update on his status on his Facebook page. According to The Globe, the 20-year-old says he is "being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run." He's also spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

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Taiwan currently has 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus to the United States' 57, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco prior to joining the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training.

Liu expects to come out of quarantine and finally join his teammates on Saturday.