11:58 ONLY: Rodriguez will be activated from IL 15 days to take his spot on Brasier’s roster on Monday, Track and field athlete Jen McCaffrey report.
10:12PM: Red Sox specified Ryan Brasier to be tasked with, as the right-hander himself told reporters (including Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe) tonight after a tough game against the Cardinals. Brasier allowed three runs in 2 1/2 halves of relief in a 9-1 loss to the Red Sox.
No corresponding move is known yet, although the manager Alex Cora told reporters over the weekend that Joely Rodríguez will be activated from the 15-day injury list on Monday, so the Sox can make room for Rodriguez’s return. Rodriguez suffered a Grade 2 oblique strain in mid-March during spring training and is yet to play this season.
Tonight’s performance raised Brasier’s season ERA to 7.29 in 21 innings outside the Boston stables. There is some degree of unhappiness in that ERA as Brasier’s (52.8%) and BABIP (0.344) stuck rates are both skewed and his FIP is more than moderate of 4.38. That said, he has also posted below-average hit and walk rates, and Brasier is near the bottom of the league on hard contact.
The advanced stats were much more favorable for Brasier last year, but the end result is still out, as the right side has a 5.78 ERA in 62 innings of 1/3 in 2022. With the lack of results lingering For the second season, the Sox chose to part ways with a breaker who shared his ups and downs over his six-plus years in Boston, but was largely a solid hurdler before the start of the 2022 season. .
After making his debut with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2017, Brasier returned from Japan to sign a minor league contract with the Red Sox, and eventually emerged unexpectedly as a pain reliever for the World Series champions. Final. Brasier posted a 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings of the regular season and then 1.04 ERA in 8 1/3 innings post-season to help the Sox win the title.
Brasier’s 2019 season was a lot more shaky, but he’s fared better in 2020-21, with a 3.16 ERA albeit in just 37 innings. Brasier’s workload was limited due to a shortened 2020 season, and then the 2021 campaign saw him miss most of the year due to calf strains and later concussion after He was hit in the head by a driveway during a simulation game.
The 35-year-old is in his final year of qualifying as a referee and still owes about $1.5 million of his $2 million salary for the 2023 season. It seems unlikely. There’s a chance another team will claim Brasier for a DFA exemption, so the Red Sox could get a paycheck if they eventually release the right holder, or they can simply knock him down to Triple-A. If Brasier is signed by a new team after his debut, the new club will owe only the Major League pro-rated minimum wage, with Boston paying the remainder of $1.5 million.