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Red Sox sign former Yankees first-round pick to minor-league contract

Red Sox sign former Yankees first-round pick to minor-league contract

The Boston Red Sox have no intentions of blowing up their roster, but they did make one transaction during their off day.

The Red Sox have signed left-handed reliever Jeremy Bleich to a minor league contract, the team confirmed Thursday to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo.

Bleich, who turns 32 in June, pitched with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training this year but was released on March 21.

Bleich entered Major League Baseball with lofty expectations after the New York Yankees took him 44th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft. But the Stanford product underwent shoulder surgery in 2010 while pitching for Double-A Trenton that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season and limited his potential.

The veteran left-hander finally broke into the big leagues last season with the Oakland Athletics, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings pitched over two appearances.

Bleich will report to Boston's extended spring training and likely join the team's Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket club, per Cotillo.

Considering the Red Sox currently have no left-handed relievers on their big-league roster, they could call Bleich up for some situational appearances at some point this season.

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WATCH: Devers' baserunning blunder causes an inning-ending double-play

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WATCH: Devers' baserunning blunder causes an inning-ending double-play

The Boston Red Sox barrage of mental mistakes and timely misplays continued on Monday night.

In the fourth inning of the team's game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox had two runners in scoring position with one out. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pop-fly down the third-base line. After a lengthy run, Eloy Jimenez came over to make the catch to record the second out.

But the third out came as a result of Rafael Devers.

On the play, Devers tagged up at third base and pretended to run home briefly. But as a result, he got caught on the basepaths, as you can see in this clip from the Chicago White Sox' Twitter account.

The play was a clear blunder by Devers who had no business faking a tag-up on that play. The ball was far too close to him to warrant taking the chance and given that Devers is also coming off a recent hamstring injury, there was no reason for him to try to change directions quickly to draw the throw.

Devers' mistake was just one in what seems like a long line of baserunning miscues by the team this season. However, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, the team has recorded 21 baserunning outs, which is two below the league average of 23.

Even though the number is below average, hopefully, the Red Sox will continue to clean up their mistakes as they look to return to the elite form that they held in 2019.

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Heath Hembree (forearm) suffers minor setback, Brock Holt (hamstring) day-to-day

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Heath Hembree (forearm) suffers minor setback, Brock Holt (hamstring) day-to-day

Heath Hembree was supposed to make a rehab appearance on Monday night as the relief pitcher tries to return from a forearm injury that has sidelined him for a couple of weeks. However, that didn't materialize after Hembree suffered a minor setback.

Alex Cora said that after throwing a bullpen over the weekend, Hembree simply wasn't ready to pitch in the rehab game. But he didn't seem to think that it was any sort of major setback.

“Probably one more day of rest and see how he feels tomorrow coming in,” Cora said, per MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. “We’ll make a decision.”

“He’s feeling better,” Cora said, per Cotillo. “But no way we were going to send him for one inning the way he feels.”

This certainly is discouraging news for the Red Sox. They have missed Hembree, as he has logged a 0.60 ERA over his last 17 outings (15 innings pitched). Without him, they have lacked options in the back-end of the bullpen, and that has led to Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, and Ryan Brasier receiving increased workloads.

Hembree's return will be key to spreading out work more. But right now, it's unclear whether or not he will return to the club in the near future.

In the interim, the team will get some bullpen help with knuckleballer Steven Wright set to return from an 80-game suspension. He will likely be activated on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Cora also provided an update on Brock Holt, who exited Sunday's loss after suffering a hamstring injury.

“He was sore so we’ll stay away from him and see how he reacts to treatment tomorrow,” Cora said, per Cotillo. “Hopefully, toward the end of the week he can start again.”

Holt suffered the injury while trying to score from second base in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. He stayed in the game for one inning after that before Eduardo Nunez replaced him at third base.

Thankfully, Rafael Devers returned to the team's lineup on Monday, so the team is better equipped to deal with Holt's absence. Still, they will be hoping that their super-utility player will be able to make a speedy recovery.

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