Garrett Richards To Bullpen: Red Sox Remove Pitcher From Rotation

Thursday's starter remains TBD


Aug 11, 2021

The Red Sox are shaking up their rotation while adding depth to their bullpen.

Boston manager Alex Cora revealed that Garrett Richards will transition from a starter to a reliever, beginning with Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Richards will join fellow ex-starter Martín Pérez in the bullpen.

As for both pitchers’ roles, Cora indicated Richards and Pérez could be used in a variety of ways, including in high-leverage situations.

Cora also confirmed that Nick Pivetta will start Friday with Chris Sale scheduled to take the mound Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. Thursday’s starter remains unknown, although many believe Tanner Houck will toe the rubber for the Red Sox’s series finale against the Rays.

Richards has endured a trying, up-and-down season. He began his Red Sox career with multiple poor starts but, beginning with a superb start April 27 against the New York Mets, pitched well for about a month and a half.

However, he largely has struggled since the middle of June, and his season ERA currently sits at 5.22.

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