Elias was placed on the 7-day DL on Sunday with a back strain, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Brian Johnson will be promoted to Pawtucket to take Elias' spot in the rotation. It's not clear if the Triple-A club expects Elias to miss more than the minimum amount of DL time, but in any event, he's not knocking on the door for another look from the big-league club. Elias has submitted an unremarkable 3.90 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 90 innings with Pawtucket this season.
Elias was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday following his start against the Mariners, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Elias took the loss Friday, allowing seven earned runs over just four innings on the mound. He'll likely have a chance later in the summer to make just his third major league appearance this season, although Clay Buchholz will take his spot in the rotation starting Wednesday.
Elias was recalled by the Red Sox on Friday in advance of his scheduled start against the Mariners, Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald reports. The left-handed Elias will match up against his former team Friday for his first big league start of the 2016 campaign. In nine starts at Triple-A Pawtucket this year, Elias worked a 3.54 ERA with 60 strikeouts across 61 innings of work. He'll be going against a Mariners lineup that has a combined OPS of .730 against southpaws on the year.
Elias is expected to be called up and start Friday's game against the Mariners, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Elias has allowed just one run while striking out 15 over his previous two Triple-A starts and it appears he'll get a chance to earn a spot as the fifth starter in Boston's rotation. The lefty was shelled for three runs in just 1.2 innings in his lone appearance in the majors this season, so he may need a strong start Friday to win the job on a full-time basis. A corresponding move will likely be announced sometime Friday to clear space on the major league roster for Elias.
Elias pitched seven scoreless innings Friday, allowing five hits while striking out seven without issuing a walk for Triple-A Pawtucket. Elias is making a push for the fifth spot in Boston's rotation. The Red Sox don't need a fifth starter until next Saturday and are considering Elias, Clay Buchholz and Henry Owens. Of the three, the left-handed Elias is in the best form. He sports a 2.00 ERA in his last five starts, a stretch in which he's struck out 40 and walked eight in 36 innings. "He's really focused on staying on line, staying direct through me, and he's created a lot of freedom in his delivery," PawSox catcher Dan Butler told the Providence Journal. "They don't see the ball very well off him. The ball jumps on me sometimes. His curveball is a plus pitch. His changeup is a plus pitch. When he's got all of that freedom to allow his arm to work, it's special stuff."
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