Junichi Tazawa is going to be the Red Sox’ closer

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John Farrell was on MLB Network Radio today and was asked about his closer situation, what with Joel Hanrahan leaving Monday’s game with forearm soreness:

“We’d look to close Tazawa, keep Koji in the 8th inning role. Fortunately we have some depth internally”

Koji being Koji Uehara, of course, who many probably assumed would be next in line for ninth inning duties. But nope.

For what it’s worth, Tazawa is striking out 11.3 batters per nine innings without walking too many dudes. There’s no reason to think he couldn’t handle it.

Kolten Wong exits game with elbow contusion

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Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Brewers after sustaining a right elbow contusion, according to a team announcement. The full extent of the injury has not been revealed, nor is it clear when Wong might return to the lineup, though he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.

Wong suffered the injury in the third inning. He reached base on a line drive single to right field, his first of the evening, and was accidentally struck on the elbow when Wade Miley made an errant throw to Jesus Aguilar on a pickoff attempt. The 27-year-old second baseman has already seen his season shortened by injuries after sustaining a right thigh contusion and, more recently, dealing with a bout of chronic inflammation in his left knee. He entered Saturday’s contest batting .238/.323/.388 on the year with eight home runs, and a .711 OPS through 330 PA.

Following the incident, Wong was replaced on the field by Greg Garcia at the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinals currently lead the Brewers 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth.