Being a closer in Boston is hazardous to your health.
Craig Kimbrel is already on the disabled list. Yesterday the Red Sox placed his replacement, Koji Uehara, on the DL as well. The reason: a pectoral muscle strain which he sustained Tuesday night. He underwent an MRI last night which confirmed the strain. John Farrell noted that’s it’s unusual for a pitcher to strain a pec:
“It obviously confirms a strain. To what extent? We’re still getting our arms around that. This is a unique injury for a pitcher. I guess the best thing I can tell you is the MRI does confirm the strain.”
The Red Sox recently picked up Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks. He’s now the third closer for Boston this year. Farrell noted, however, that it’s possible that Robbie Ross Jr. or Tommy Layne could pitch in save situations against lefty-heavy lineups, so make it four and five, perhaps