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MLB Rumors: Red Sox demote reliever Ryan Weber to Triple-A

MLB Rumors: Red Sox demote reliever Ryan Weber to Triple-A

After a 5-4 loss to the Angels, the Red Sox demoted relief pitcher Ryan Weber to Triple-A, according to Chris Cotillo

Weber gave up the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Sunday on a single by Anthony Bemboom, causing the Sox to split their four-game series with LA after taking the first two convincingly. 

The 28-year-old righty has appeared in 10 games for the Sox this season, posting a 4.20 ERA over 30 innings of work.

Boston has not yet announced a corresponding move to Weber's demotion to Pawtucket. 

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David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

David Price recalled from paternity leave to pitch against Yankees

The question has been answered. David Price will start the Boston Red Sox' Sunday night clash with the New York Yankees.

The Sox activated Price from paternity leave on Sunday. He had been placed there on Friday in a procedural move that allowed the team to carry extra bench depth in the lead-up to their doubleheader against the Yankees.

Price will try to put an end to the Red Sox' seven-game losing streak. However, he has struggled in his three most recent starts, posting an 0-2 record and logging an 8.16 ERA and allowing five homers. So, it may be a tough task, especially given his past troubles with the Sox pitching in Yankee Stadium.

In addition to Price's activation, the team made some other smaller roster moves. They are calling up righthanded pitcher Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.25) from Triple-A Pawtucket. He will provide depth in a bullpen that has been taxed quite a bit during the team's losing streak.

To make room for these Price and Weber, the Red Sox had to send down three players, as they had an extra player on their roster for Saturday's doubleheader. They ended up being pitchers Josh Smith and Colten Brewer, and infielder Marco Hernandez.

Of that group, the 26-year-old Brewer has spent the most time on the roster, appearing in 48 games and logging a 4.31 ERA. He pitched in both doubleheader games, so perhaps the team is just looking to get him some rest in the coming days.

Smith pitched four-innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Saturday and has pitched in 11 games with the Sox this year posting a 4.84 ERA. He also logged one of the season's most unlikely saves earlier in the year.

Hernandez has been hitting well at the major-league level, .333 to be exact, but the Red Sox opted to keep the righthanded Sam Travis on the roster over him. Travis gives them a better platoon split option, as he and Michael Chavis can play more against lefthanded pitchers while Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland can get time against righthanded pitchers.

Still, the big news coming out of these moves is the activation of Price. If he can't get the Red Sox back on track Sunday night, the season may continue to slip away.

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Red Sox spot starters struggling to replace impact of Nathan Eovaldi

Red Sox spot starters struggling to replace impact of Nathan Eovaldi

The Boston Red Sox were thought to have one of the best starting rotations in baseball coming into the 2019 season. They were able to re-sign their big-name free agent, Nathan Eovaldi, after a terrific postseason, and he was supposed to continue to be a great arm to keep their rotation intact and complete.

However, that hasn't come to fruition.

Eovaldi hasn't pitched since April 17 after undergoing surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his elbow. With last year's normal spot start, Brian Johnson, also on the Injured List since early April, the Red Sox had to turn to a number of other options. And as Barstool Sports' Jared Carrabis has pointed out, the results haven't been very good.

Of the bunch, Velazquez has been the best but his numbers (1-3, 6.41 ERA, 15 K's, 11 BBs in seven starts) haven't been very good. And he is currently on the IL with a back injury.

It's clear that the team is sorely missing Eovaldi, but it's unclear if relief is coming soon. Eovaldi was scheduled to throw a bullpen last weekend, but he was sidelined with bicep tendinitis, according to Alex Cora. 

As long as Eovaldi is out, the Red Sox will continue to have trouble with the back-end of their rotation. And the back end of their bullpen hasn't been too good either, at least in the ninth inning.

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