William Cuevas

Red Sox scratch Velazquez from start vs. Mets, Cuevas gets the call

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Red Sox scratch Velazquez from start vs. Mets, Cuevas gets the call

Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight against the Mets at Fenway Park with an illness and another right-hander, William Cuevas, will make the start, the team announced.

It'll be the first major league start for Cuevas, 28, called up from Pawtucket after rosters expanded on Sept. 1. He's made four relief appearances and allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings and struck out nine.

He'll be opposed by Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA) in the opener of the three-game series. The Sox enter with their magic number for clinching the American League East title at 6.

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Red Sox scratch Velazquez from start vs. Mets, Cuevas gets the call

Red Sox scratch Velazquez from start vs. Mets, Cuevas gets the call

Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight against the Mets at Fenway Park with an illness and another right-hander, William Cuevas, will make the start, the team announced.

It'll be the first major league start for Cuevas, 28, called up from Pawtucket after rosters expanded on Sept. 1. He's made four relief appearances and allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings and struck out nine. In 23 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, Cuevas was 10-8 with a 3.39 ERA.

He'll be opposed by Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA) in the opener of the three-game series. The Sox enter with their magic number for clinching the American League East title at 6.

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Red Sox place Junichi Tazawa on DL, call up William Cuevas

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Red Sox place Junichi Tazawa on DL, call up William Cuevas

The Boston Red Sox have placed reliever Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

Tazawa has a 1-1 record with a 3.62 record in 32.1 innings pitched out the Red Sox bullpen this season.

In a conference call on Thursday night, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn't expect Tazawa to be out for a long time.

"Our doctors tell me the impingement is really settling fine," said Dombrowski. "He actually threw up to 120 feet today. The way we looked at it at this point was, ‘Could we have pushed him to maybe be ready even on Sunday?’ Perhaps. But we already had 10 days to back-date him. We don’t want to push it at all. We still have a long way to go ahead of us.

"We figured rather than rush him back, he misses Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’re hopeful and think he’s going to be back by the homestand. He’s really eligible to off on Tuesday. I don’t know that it’s going to happen, but I there is a possibility that he’s ready to go there."

In a corresponding move, the team has called up right-handed pitcher William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Cuevas, 25, has a 3.60 ERA in 5 innings pitched in the major leagues this season.