Brasier (concussion) allowed a walk over a scoreless relief inning for Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday.

This was Brasier's first game action in nearly a year, and the results were encouraging given the erratic performance of Boston's bullpen of late. He walked the first batter he faced before inducing two groundouts, including an inning-ending double play. It's not hard to envision Brasier pitching late in games or giving an occasional breather to closer Matt Barnes, who has suffered three losses in his last four appearances and has a 7.88 ERA in 10 outings since the All-Star break.

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