By Matt Snyder
After an extended workload Wednesday night, due to a rain delay and extra innings, the Red Sox bullpen is in need of some fresh faces. They're going to get two, as Rich Hill and Scott Atchison have both been promoted from Triple-A to join the 'pen. They will replace Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks, both of whom were placed on the disabled list Thursday morning, general manager Theo Epstein announced.
The move shouldn't really harm the Red Sox, considering how awful both Wheeler and Jenks have been thus far. Jenks has a 9.35 ERA with 13 hits and nine walks allowed in just 8 2/3 innings. For good measure, he's even tossed in three wild pitches. He was unavailable during Wednesday's marathon, so maybe he just hasn't been healthy all season. Wheeler has an 11.32 ERA. His issue is complete opposite of Jenks, as he's been pounded with the long ball, having given up four home runs in 10 1/3 innings.
On the flip-side, Hill and Atchison have been tearing up Triple-A. Hill has a 1.13 ERA with 18 strikeouts and five walks in 16 innings while Atchison has a 1.04 ERA with 17 strikeouts and just one walk in 17 1/3 innings. Things will be more balanced, too, as Hill is left-handed (both Jenks and Wheeler are righties).
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