Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Andriese (hamstring) threw off a mound Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Cora didn't specify whether Andriese completed a full bullpen session, but the fact that the right-hander has advanced from throwing off flat ground is seemingly a positive sign as he continues his recovery from a right hamstring injury. Once he's able to face hitters in live batting practice, Andriese should head out on a brief minor-league rehab assignment before rejoining Boston's bullpen.
The Red Sox are placing Andriese on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right hamstring injury, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Manager Alex Cora said Andriese was limping after the final pitch of his two-run inning Friday. He will be sidelined until after the All-Star break, at which point he could be demoted to Triple-A due to his abysmal performance the past couple months. Andriese posted a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings across nine April appearances, but he has pitched to an 8.39 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in 24.2 innings since. He's also blown three saves and taken two losses since the start of May. The Red Sox have yet to announce a corresponding move.
Andriese (2-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in a third of an inning Saturday to take the loss in extra innings to the Athletics. The Red Sox staked Andriese to a two-run lead in the top of the 12th inning, and he gave it all away in just 13 pitches during the bottom half of the frame. The right-hander got off to a brilliant start in April but has gone south since the beginning of May. He has a 7.99 ERA while permitting seven home runs over 23.2 innings in the last 16 games. The downturn could be attributed to usage -- Andriese has gone more than a week without pitching three times since the beginning of June -- as Boston has not needed its go-to multi-inning reliever often. Manager Alex Cora told Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com that Andriese is still needed.
Andriese allowed one run on three hits and struck out five over three innings in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Astros. Houston's belligerent lineup chased starter Martin Perez early, so the Red Sox turned to their multi-inning reliever out of the bullpen. This was the sixth time in 19 outings that Andriese has thrown more than two innings. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 4.88 ERA over 27.2 innings.
Andriese (1-2) picked up the loss Monday after allowing three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two over two-plus innings against Baltimore. Andriese was well rested and ready to pitch multiple innings when he came on in the sixth inning for starter Martin Perez. The game was tied at one apiece -- but not for long. The first batter he faced, Trey Mancini, took him deep over the center field wall. Andriese was later victimized by a fluky triple off the bat of Cedric Mullens. Andriese has been a convenient pocket knife out of the bullpen, working in a variety of situations, but he's hit a rough patch since the start of May. He's lost twice while allowing seven runs on 11 hits and three walks over his last four outings.
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