The Red Sox have activated Tazawa (shoulder) from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Tazawa, who owns a 3.62 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 32.1 innings, will rejoin the Red Sox bullpen on Friday. He will most likely be slotted into the eighth inning role as Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara are currently on the disabled list. Tazawa could potentially see some save chances for the time being if recently acquired reliever Brad Ziegler struggles in that same role.
Tazawa threw a simulated game Tuesday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. After his latest workout, the expectation is that Tazawa will be activated Friday. Before the All-Star break, Tazawa had been serving as Boston's primary setup man, as he'd picked up a team-high 14 holds. He'd also been a solid source of strikeouts, striking out 29 percent of the batters he faced.
Tazawa (shoulder) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday and is expected to throw a simulated game Tuesday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. MacPherson suggests that the activation could come as early as Thursday if all goes well. After a down year in 2015, Tazawa's 2016 numbers have progressed closer towards the norm, having posted a 3.62 ERA and a 37:8 K/BB ratio on the campaign. He should add another quality arm to the Red Sox's bullpen as they continue to jostle with the Orioles and Blue Jays in the AL East as the second half begins.
Tazawa (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the DL when eligible, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. With his stint backdated to July 4, Tazawa can return as soon as Monday, and manager John Farrell seems to have no doubt about the right-hander's ability to make that date. Tazawa turned in a strong first half and has been especially valuable in leagues that count holds (14 holds), but it's unlikely he'll be in the mix for saves with Koji Uehara tabbed as Craig Kimbrel's temporary replacement in the ninth inning.
Tazawa (shoulder) threw out to 120 feet Thursday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The right-hander was shut down July 3 and was placed on the disabled list Thursday, retroactive to July 4. Tazawa is eligible to come off the DL as soon as next Tuesday, something that is possible, but the club won't push his return. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tazawa should be back by the end of an upcoming homestand, which begins July 19 and runs through the 27th.