After two worrisome outings by Justin Masterson, the Boston Red Sox may drop him from the rotation, at least for the moment.
On Tuesday in a 9-2 loss to the Oakland A’s, Masterson gave up six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. Six days before against the Tampa Bay Rays, he yielded four runs on seven hits with six walks in 4 1/3 innings. Overall, Masterson is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA. He has lasted seven innings just once in seven starts.
“Clearly, he's not right,” manager John Farrell said Tuesday night, via mlb.com. “Whether that's physical, whether that's delivery-wise, the ball not coming out of his hand as he's shown for the better part of this year. We've got to gather some information overnight. We've got to check on him when he comes in in the morning, go through a full workup and just kind of get a better assessment of where things are.”
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Masterson said he couldn’t cite any injury, but he just didn’t feel right on the mound.
“I never had a chance to feel comfortable,” he said. “Didn't feel comfortable in the pre-game bullpen as far as just being able to have a good release point.”
Masterson’s next scheduled start is Sunday in Seattle, and mlb.com said his place could be taken by knuckleballer Steven Wright. He has made two appearances this season totaling 10 2/3 innings, 12 hits, six walks and five strikeouts with a 4.22 ERA.