Ziegler (2-5) gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, suffering a blown save and a loss.
After six straight scoreless outings to open his time in Boston, Ziegler's come crashing down with consecutive losses, although it's hard to blame him for Hanley Ramirez's game-ending throwing error. His time as the closer is coming to an end soon regardless of his performance, though, as Craig Kimbrel's return from the DL is getting close.
Kimbrel (knee) will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
This was expected, but Kimbrel will indeed join Pawtucket with his knee responding well to Wednesday's bullpen session, his second of the week. It could end up being a very brief stop with the affiliate, as the Red Sox may activate Kimbrel after the one appearance, barring any setbacks with the knee. He should return to the closer role immediately upon activation, pushing Brad Ziegler to a setup role.
Hochevar was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday, retroactive to July 25, with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.
Hochevar has been reporting numbness in his fingers recently according to manager Ned Yost and was subsequently diagnosed with the shoulder condition. He is expected to see a specialist in the near future to get a more complete evaluation and figure out a rehab plan. The 32-year-old will be eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 9 but it remains to be seen if he'll be ready by then. Brooks Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to shore up Kansas City's bullpen in Hochevar's absence.
Pounders was promoted Thursday in a corresponding move to Luke Hochevar being placed on the 15-day DL. The 25-year-old was with the team for 12 days earlier in July, allowing six earned runs in four innings of relief work, including one disastrous outing against the Mariners. He will get another chance at the big league level after tearing up minor league batters with Triple-A Omaha.
Cedeno was credited with his 15th hold of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Dodgers, allowing only a hit over his one inning. He also recorded a strikeout.
The veteran reliever has bounced back nicely from a late-June/early-July stretch that saw him surrender six earned runs over 5.1 innings. Cedeno now has five straight scoreless appearances, lowering his ERA from 4.08 to 3.62 in the process. He continues to serve as a relatively effective southpaw setup option out of a Rays bullpen that has received heavy use this season.
Ranaudo was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
Ranaudo made his first major league start of the season Wednesday against the Cubs, allowing three earned runs on two hits to go with four walks over 6.2 innings of work. It was a fairly encouraging debut for the right-hander, but he'll head back to Charlotte with the White Sox in need of a roster spot for Chris Sale, who returns from a five-game suspension to start Thursday's series finale.
Ziegler entered Wednesday's game in a non-save situation and allowed a ninth-inning homer in Boston's 4-3 loss to Detroit.
This was the first blemish on Ziegler's record in Boston. Prior to Wednesday, the side-arming reliever had thrown six consecutive scoreless innings (six strikeouts, one hit) since joining the Red Sox. Ziegler told Bill Doyle of the Providence Journal that he got too much of the plate and Miguel Cabrera is a good low-ball hitter. He'll remain Boston's primary closer until Craig Kimbrel is ready, which could come as early as next week, according to recent reports.
Duffy met the minimum standard for a quality start Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings in a no-decision against the Angels. He struck out five while allowing seven hits and two walks.
Duffy's been quietly piling up the quality starts lately, notching five in his last six games. Even so, not all those starts have been impressive; Duffy can thank the Royals for keeping him without a loss since June 6. That's not to say the lefty doesn't deserve credit for the fantasy package he's offered this year -- more than a strikeout per inning along with strong ratios.
Bundy allowed three runs on just two hits and walk over 5.2 innings while striking out eight and taking a loss Wednesday against the Rockies.
What initially looks like a pedestrian line was anything but for Bundy, who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning with one out. But Bundy was yanked with two outs in the sixth after giving up a walk and a pair of home runs on hanging change-ups, finishing the start with a season-high 89 pitches. The start was just Bundy's third of the season, and Baltimore appears to have him on a tight pitch count, as well they should given Bundy's long injury history. Bundy said after the game that he was actually disappointed with his season-high eight strikeouts, citing it as something that raised his pitch count, rendering him unable to pitch deeper into the game. Bundy owners shouldn't expect too many innings from him going forward, but Wednesdays start was certainly an encouraging one overall.