Red Sox right-hander Junichi Tazawa was one of the league’s best setup men from 2012-2014 and for most of this season, but after three ugly outings in the past three weeks the team has decided to shut him down for the rest of the year.
Tazawa had a 2.60 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio in 45 innings through the end of July, but since August 1 he’s 0-4 with a 9.22 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio while allowing 14 runs in 14 innings. That includes coughing up four runs to take the loss against the Rays on September 11, which is the last time he pitched.
In shutting down Tazawa manager Torey Lovullo insisted that he’s not injured and the Red Sox are simply managing his workload in a non-contending season. Hopefully that’s true, because he’s under team control for 2016 via arbitration and figures to resume setup man duties.
It’s been one week since Jonathan Lucroy suffered a concussion and the Brewers catcher continues to experience symptoms, telling Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that there’s been no improvement in his condition.
Initially both Lucroy and the Brewers seemed optimistic that the foul tip to the mask last Tuesday would not result in a significant absence, but as is so often the case with brain injuries it’s unpredictable.
At this point it would seemingly make sense for the Brewers to simply shut down Lucroy and prevent any further damage from taking place while also giving him as much time as possible to recover before next season.
If he’s indeed done for the season Lucroy would finish the year hitting .259 with seven homers and a .712 OPS in 94 games, which is a far cry from his combined .831 OPS from 2012-2014.
It’s a big day for the Cardinals’ lineup getting healthy.
Not only is first baseman Matt Adams starting his first game since late May, the Cardinals have also activated left fielder Matt Holliday from the disabled list after he missed the past six weeks–and most of the past three months–with a quadriceps injury.
Holliday is not in the starting lineup tonight, but is expected to see regular playing time down the stretch. He’s played 63 games this season, hitting .290 with four homers and an .830 OPS for his 12th straight year with an OPS above .800.