Brasier (toe) allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in an inning Saturday against the Braves. The outing marked Brasier's spring debut after being sidelined by a toe infection since early in camp. According to manager Alex Cora, Brasier will be on a program where he pitches every two days, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. That should give him enough time to get ready for Opening Day. Brasier is a candidate to be the closer or share the role with Matt Barnes. At the very least, he'll be a high-leverage arm for Cora.
Brasier (toe) threw his first batting-practice session prior to Wednesday's game against the Twins, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Brasier, who's been bothered by a toe infection during spring training, could appear in a game this week. Manager Alex Cora played down the late start to game action but acknowledged the reliever will need to catch up in the last week of spring training. With Boston's closer job available, Brasier is being closely watched, perhaps even more closely following Matt Barnes' shaky first two spring outings.
Manager Alex Cora said Brasier (toe) will see game action "toward the end of the week," Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. The Red Sox have a couple of long bus rides Thursday and Friday, and it would be surprising if they sent Brasier on the road for his spring debut, particularly Friday against the AL East rival Yankees. The Sox are home at Fort Myers on Saturday against the Braves.
Brasier (toe) threw a bullpen session Thursday and is in line to play in a game next week, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Brasier is working his way back from a toe infection, and the Red Sox hope he can be ready for the start of the regular season. He and Matt Barnes are the primary candidates to replace closer Craig Kimbrel this season.
Brasier (toe) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. The activity represents another step forward for Brasier as he works to recover from a right toe infection that has delayed his Grapefruit League debut. Manager Alex Cora recently expressed optimism that Brasier would be ready to go for Opening Day, but the right-hander's limited game action leading up to the start of the season could hurt his chances of claiming the closer's role left vacant by Craig Kimbrel's departure.