Hembree has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The demotion to Pawtucket came immediately after Saturday's game, in which Hembree coughed up three hits, a homer and allowed two inherited runners to score. It was his fourth consecutive abbreviated appearance since the All-Star break. Nine of the last 13 batters faced have reached base. The open roster spot has not yet been filled, but manager John Farrell implied Joe Kelly could be called up.
Hembree allowed three hits and a run in a third of an inning in Boston's 11-7 win over San Francisco on Wednesday. After starter Drew Pomeranz was knocked out after three-plus innings, Hembree was the pitcher of record when the fifth inning ended and Boston leading, 8-7. The Red Sox went on to win the game, 11-7, which normally would mean Hembree getting credit for the win, but the official scorer appropriately deemed the most deserving pitcher was Matt Barnes, who pitched three scoreless innings from the sixth to the eighth. Hembree has pitched well for Boston this season and should stick around at least until injured relievers (Craig Kimbrel, Koji Uehara) make their way back. The other moving bullpen parts center around Joe Kelly at Triple-A Pawtucket and what the organization plans to do with Clay Buchholz.
Hembree pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in Thursday's win over the White Sox. With Boston's setup men -- Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa -- showing cracks lately, manager John Farrell turned to Hembree in the eighth inning of a tie game. His work, largely in middle relief, has been good for Boston in 2016, but we'll need to see more than one high-leverage outing to anoint him as a setup savior. After all, he did pitch himself into the jam, and lefties are hitting .465/.511/.674 against him this season.
Hembree has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Hembree takes the roster spot vacated when the Red Sox sent Noe Ramirez back to Triple-A. Hembree has been an effective innings-eater for Boston in 2016 and will continue in that role.
Hembree was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports. Hembree has been a valuable piece out of the bullpen for Boston, serving as a long reliever when needed. The demotion of Clay Buchholz to the bullpen essentially means Buchholz will take over that role, and Hembree will effectively get bumped to the minors in order to make room for Tuesday's starter, Eduardo Escobar, on the roster.