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.