Hall was optioned to Boston's alternate training site Thursday. Hall hasn't fared well in his two 2020 appearances, giving up a combined eight earned runs across 2.2 innings. He'll effectively be bumped from the rotation to help get the roster down to the required 28 players, with his replacement in the rotation yet to be named. Boston's pitching situation has been less-than-ideal this season, and it may be forced to turn to a bullpen game during Hall's next turn this weekend versus Toronto.
Hall allowed five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out a pair in two innings in a no-decision versus the Yankees on Sunday. Hall worked behind an opener, Austin Brice, in the contest. It didn't go as intended for Hall, who yielded a three-run homer to Aaron Judge in the second inning and RBI doubles to Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela in the third. Hall hasn't pitched deeper than the third inning in either of his appearances this year, and the results have not been good. He's scheduled to face the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Hall (0-1) took the loss Tuesday as the Red Sox fell 8-3 to the Mets, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out three. The former Tiger only lasted 51 pitches (32 strikes) and dug an early hole the Boston offense couldn't climb out of. Hall's spot in the rotation is by no means secure, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him swapped off the 30-man roster in favor of one of the team's other fringe starting candidates.
Hall is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Mets. Hall will be used as the fifth starter this time through the rotation, but Ian Browne of MLB.com said it's likely Boston will not have a set fifth starter early in the season.
Hall allowed two singles and a walk over four scoreless innings in Saturday's intrasquad game, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Hall, who is making a bid to be a starter or multi-inning reliever, was impressive against a lineup that featured Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts, retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. "He's certainly in the mix," manager Ron Roenicke said. "That's four good innings. He's got the good curveball that everybody knows, but he's got a nice changeup -- he got J.D. out in his last at-bat on a changeup -- and he throws his fastball, when he gets it in, it's got a little cut to it." The Red Sox are still evaluating the fifth slot in the rotation, though they could decide to go with an opener and bulk-inning relievers.