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Red Sox demote Drew Pomeranz to bullpen

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The Red Sox have moved struggling starter Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen, NBC Sports Boston reports. Brian Johnson will take Pomeranz’s spot in the rotation and start next week in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

Pomeranz, 29, has a 6.31 ERA with a 44/32 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings this season. The lefty hasn’t been able to make it through five innings in six of his 11 starts. Pomeranz missed some time earlier this season, between June 1 and July 23, with a biceps injury.

Johnson, 27, has worked mostly out of the bullpen this year, but has made eight starts. The fellow lefty owns an aggregate 4.00 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 24 walks in 7 2 innings this season.

Ronald Acuña’s CT scan comes back clean

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The Braves announced late this morning that the CT scan on Ronald Acuña’s left elbow came back clear and he is considered day-to-day.

As you have all heard by now, Acuña was pulled from Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins after taking a Jose Urena pitch off his elbow in the bottom of the first inning in what was quite obviously an intentional plunking. Acuña  only suffered a bruise and some swelling. He missed all but that at bat of last night’s game and will likely sit out tonight’s game against the Rockies. It is expected that he’ll be back in action this weekend, however.

Acuña is batting .358/.425/.821 with 12 home runs, 24 RBI, and 25 runs scored over his last 25 games.