Red Sox Reportedly Make More Bullpen Moves, DFA Veteran Righty

Sawamura has a 3.26 ERA in 2022


August 28

The Boston Red Sox are making changes to their bullpen before the calendar turns over to September.

The Red Sox reportedly designated Hirokazu Sawamura for assignment Sunday, according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. The move was confirmed by MassLive’s Christopher Smith.

Sawamura isn’t the only pitcher Boston sent packing Sunday, as the team reportedly designating lefty Austin Davis for assignment as well.

Sawamura, 34, made 48 appearances for the Red Sox this season, securing a 3.26 earned run average over 49 2/3 innings pitched. Before the All-Star break, it could be argued Sawamura was among Boston’s best relievers, but an abysmal second half where he posted 6.46 ERA and 2.02 WHIP completely changed the narrative on his season.

Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays would mark Sawamura’s final appearance in Boston. He threw 39 total pitches, allowing four hits and a walk in a three-run inning that would ultimately put the game out of reach.

Boston will reportedly replace Sawamura and Davis with rookies Zack Kelly and Kaleb Ort, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive. Ort has made 12 appearances for the Red Sox, securing a 9.00 ERA over 15 innings pitched. Kelly has yet to make his Major League debut.

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