The Boston Red Sox have placed another member of their bullpen on IL.
According to the team's official Twitter account relief pitcher Hector Velazquez has been put on the 10-day IL with a back strain. To take his place, Mike Shawaryn was called up from the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Prior to tonight’s game, the #RedSox placed RHP Hector Velázquez on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain.— Red Sox (@RedSox) May 30, 2019
To fill Velázquez’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club selected RHP Mike Shawaryn from Triple-A Pawtucket. The club’s 40-man roster is now at 40.
Velazquez has seen a good deal of action as a spot starter throughout the season. Injuries to David Price and Nathan Eovaldi forced the team to use him as a starter, and the results were mixed. In his last start on May 18, he lasted only 1/3 of an inning but gave up five earned runs to the Houston Astros.
After that start, Velazquez was replaced in the rotation by Ryan Weber and moved back to bullpen detail. But he struggled there as well, giving up four runs in two innings in his last outing against the Cleveland Indians. It could be a result of the back injury, and that's likely why he was moved to IL, sporting an ERA of 5.97.
Velazquez joins fellow bullpen arms Brian Johnson (elbow) and Tyler Thornburg (hip) on the IL.
To take Velazquez's place, the Red Sox called up Mike Shawaryn for his first trip to the big leagues. Shawaryn has made 10 starts for Pawtucket this year, and sports solid numbers with a 1-2 record, 3.72 ERA, and 46 strikeouts.
However, in his recent starts, Shawaryn has struggled with command, allowing 16 walks and 12 hits over his last 13 2/3 innings pitched (good for a 2.05 WHIP). And his ERA in that span in 6.59. Shawaryn's command will be something to watch at the next level.
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