December 2, 2022

Red Sox place reliever Matt Barnes on 15-day IL with right shoulder inflammation

That could serve as a reset for Barnes, who has struggled a lot, compiling a 7.94 ERA in 17 innings (20 appearances) this season. The 31-year-old had 17 hits and walked 12 with 14 strikeouts.

Matt Barnes has struggled this season.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The bullpen’s overall struggles are in part due to Barnes’ abysmal performance, but the Red Sox continue to say they will stick with the reliever, who signed an $18.75 million contract extension on two years last July.

“It’s hard [to keep using him] at this level, but we have to do it”, director Alex Cora said. “We have to keep throwing him and hopefully at some point the work he’s done before games and after games and watching videos and talking to [the pitching coaches] and everyone who is involved, it clicks.

Red Sox reinstated left-handed Matt Strahm off the COVID-related injured list to take Barnes’ place on the list.

Paxton’s Progress

left handed James Paxton (Tommy John’s surgery) is stretched 90 feet in his throwing progression.

He said he will start bullpen sessions in the next week and a half. The Sox shut down Paxton early last month after experiencing elbow discomfort.

“I feel good right now,” Paxton said. “Just build it.”

Paxton last pitched in a game on April 6 of last season.

“It was brutal,” he said. “It’s a very long time not being in competition and not pitching. So it’s been tough. But all you can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other. I’m working as hard as I can. possible to get back as fast as possible, but there’s not much you can do.


Garret WhitlockWednesday night’s starter, has been fair in that role this season, hitting a 4.34 ERA in seven starts (29 innings) in the game, before going six innings against the Reds, earning the win by allowing a run no deserved.

Overall, Whitlock (2-1) is having trouble growing up in the role, but the Red Sox see promise in the 25-year-old right-hander.

Garrett Whitlock, seen here nailing a sixth-inning out Wednesday night at Fenway, continues to grow in the starter role.Barry Chin/Personal Globe

“Overall he did a pretty solid job,” Bloom said. “But it shows why starting pitching is so popular in our business. That flipping a formation, a formation that has had time to plan, is not something you can snap your fingers and do. I think the first few weeks of the season we had such consistency in our starting pitches, and overall they did a great job, that they made it look easy. It is not easy. And we have seen that.

step by step for sale

Chris Sale threw 25 shots from the mound on Wednesday and is expected to do it again in a few days. Sale also kicked off a bullpen session on Monday… Hansel Robles (back spasms) thrown on flat ground Wednesday… The Red Sox begin a three-city trip Friday with a three-game series against the Athletics in Oakland. Nate Eovaldi will take the ball in the first game against James Kaprielian. Saturday’s game will feature Nick Pivette versus. Paul Blackburnand it will be sunday rich hill versus. Frankie Montas. Blackburn (2.15 ERA in 10 starts) and Montas (3.20 ERA in 11 starts) were the A’s top pitchers… The Red Sox recognized Lou Gehrig Day at Fenway Park, honoring people with ALS, their families and non-profit organizations dedicated to research, therapy and care for those affected by the disease. Len Sansoucy, an ALS patient from the nonprofit Compassionate Care ALS – an organization that provides non-insurance ALS services – threw the ceremonial first pitch. The family of the former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates brought the game ball to the mound. Frates died in 2019 of ALS. He was 34 years old.

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