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  • Padres' Jay Groome: Suspended by MLB

    Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Groome (undisclosed) has been suspended one year for violating the league's gambling policy, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

    MLB's investigation revealed that Groome made 24 bets on the Red Sox's major-league club while he was assigned to their High-A affiliate in Greenville. He didn't appear in any of the games on which he bet and MLB has determined that the outcomes of the games weren't compromised. Groome is currently on Triple-A El Paso's 7-day injured list due to an undisclosed issue.

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  • Padres' Jay Groome: Sent down to Triple-A

    Groome was optioned to Triple-A El Paso by the Padres on Saturday.

    Groome didn't make any Cactus League appearances for the Padres before being given the pink slip. The left-hander is coming off a dreadful 2023 season with El Paso, having posted an 8.55 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 137:112 K:BB over 134.2 innings.

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  • Padres' Jay Groome: Optioned to El Paso

    Groome was optioned to Triple-A El Paso by the Padres on Monday.

    Groome showed some flashes of brilliance in Arizona during the Cactus League with a 1.29 ERA, but he also registered a 13:10 K:BB which showed that the command still has some work to be done. The 2016 first-round pick could be an option for San Diego before the end of the year.

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  • Padres' Jay Groome: Could make team as long reliever

    Padres manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Groome has chance of making the Padres' Opening Day roster as a long reliever out of the bullpen, Sammy Levitt of 97.3 The Fan reports.

    Groome was acquired by the Padres last August in the deal that brought Eric Hosmer to Boston. The left-handed hurler has yet to make his major-league debut, but he's been solid this spring, pitching 10.2 scoreless innings during which he's registered 10 strikeouts. On a less promising note, Groome has walked seven batters, but he appears to be impressing enough to earn serious consideration for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old has pitched almost exclusively as a starter in the minors, so a long-relief role would enable him to stay stretched out enough to work as a spot starter, if needed.

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  • Padres' Jay Groome: Dealt to San Diego

    The Padres acquired Groome from the Red Sox on Tuesday in exchange for Eric Hosmer, Max Ferguson and Corey Rosier, Sean McAdam of reports.

    The Padres will pay the majority of the money owed to Hosmer and in return they will get Groome back in the deal. Once a big-name prospect after being seen as perhaps the top prep pitcher in the 2016 Draft class, Groome has dealt with injuries and diminished stuff since his days as an amateur. He could still make the big leagues as a back-end starter or swingman. Groome has a 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 57:30 K:BB in 53.1 innings over his last 10 starts split between Double-A and Triple-A.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Makes Triple-A Debut

    Groome allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five over six scoreless innings for Triple-A Worcester on Friday.

    Groome picked up the win in his first-ever start at the Triple-A level following Thursday's promotion from Double-A Portland. The left-hander fanned the side in the first inning and worked around traffic in four of his six innings. A 2016 first-round draft pick, Groome's rise through the minors was stalled by Tommy John elbow surgery in 2018 and the wiped-out 2020 season due to the pandemic.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Climbs to Triple-A

    The Red Sox promoted Groome from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Worcester on Thursday.

    A 2016 first-round draft pick, Groome's ascent through the Red Sox farm system was slowed by the Tommy John surgery he had in the spring of 2018 and the cancellation of the 2020 minor-league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He's enjoyed generally good health for the past season and a half, however, and the 6-foot-6 lefty has resumed displaying the skills that made him a sought-after prep arm a half-decade ago. Though his strikeout and walk rates have trended in the wrong direction at Portland compared to a year ago, the 23-year-old Groome still punched out 24.9 percent of the batters he faced in 2022 while submitting a 3.52 ERA over 76.2 innings.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Throws five scoreless

    Groome allowed one hit and struck out four over five scoreless innings for Double-A Portland on Wednesday.

    Groome picked up where he left off for Portland at the end of 2021, as he went 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA, .211 batting-average against and 26 strikeouts over 15.2 innings (three starts) for the Sea Dogs last September. His career since being selected in the first round (12th overall) of the 2016 draft has been notable mostly for injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2018. The left-hander threw a career-high 97.1 innings last season and is experiencing his longest stretch of health since joining professional ball. There's still time for the 23-year-old, who stands at 6-foot-6 and 262 pounds, to reclaim the promise he once had.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Moved to Portland

    The Red Sox transferred Groome from Triple-A Worcester to Double-A Portland on Monday.

    Boston initially optioned Groome to Worcester when he was cut from big-league camp March 23, but he'll instead open the campaign in Portland. The 23-year-old lefty finished the 2021 campaign at Portland, producing a 2.30 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 15.2 innings over three starts with the affiliate.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Sent to Triple-A

    Groome was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Groome spent most of 2021 at High-A Greenville before a late-season promotion to Double-A Portland, and he's now set to open 2021 at Triple-A. The 23-year-old had a 5.29 ERA and 108:32 K:BB over 81.2 innings at High-A and 26 strikeouts in 15.2 frames at Double-A.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Shines in Double-A debut

    Groome was promoted to Double-A Portland and earned the win in his debut Saturday against New Hampshire, Tyler Maun of reports. He struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed two hits over five innings.

    Nothing about Groome's stay at High-A Greenville suggested he deserved the promotion, but the change of scenery may be what the 2016 12th-overall pick needed. Prior to his promotion, Groome went 3-8 with a 5.29 ERA over 81.2 innings (18 starts) for the Drive. The left-hander has endured multiple injuries over five years in the minors, including 2018 Tommy John elbow surgery, which had limited him to 66 innings since 2016. Groome is up to 86.2 innings in 2021.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Tough season continues

    Groome was beaten up for eight runs (seven earned) in five innings for High-A Greenville against Hickory on Tuesday.

    He now owns a 2-8 record, 5.35 ERA, 1.322 WHIP and 100:31 K:BB in 75.2 innings. It's been an awfully tough season for Groome, but he'd actually been pitching noticeably better before this last outing -- over his prior nine starts, he'd posted a 3.74 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Obviously, his strikeout ability is tantalizing, and considering that Groome is coming back from a series of injuries, the simple fact that he's mostly stayed on the field this season is a major win. With his injury history, the Red Sox will likely continue taking a slow and steady approach to his development.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Moves past injury scare

    Groome (lower leg) owns a 10.64 ERA, 2.36 WHIP and 18:10 K:BB over 11 innings in his four starts with High-A Greenville this season.

    Groome was lifted in his second start of the season May 11 after being struck in the leg by a line drive, but he's been able to make his last two turns through the rotation. The results haven't been impressive, however, with Groome's poor control particularly standing out. The 22-year-old lefty has posted walk rates north of nine percent in each of his seasons at Low-A or High-A ball, and that trend is on track to continue in 2021.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Struck by liner

    Groome was removed from Tuesday's game after being hit by a line drive in the shin, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    The 22-year-old should be considered day-to-day after exiting the contest. Groome has thrown more than 11 innings only once in a season since making his professional debut in 2016 due to numerous injuries.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Shielded from Rule 5 draft

    Groome's contract was purchased by the Red Sox on Friday.

    Groome's talent certainly warranted protection from the Rule 5 draft, but he is very inexperienced for his age (22), due to multiple injuries including May 2018 Tommy John surgery. He returned to the mound this past summer and was throwing simulated games at the alternate training site. Now that he is on the 40-man roster, he could be pushed aggressively, perhaps opening the year at High-A or Double-A.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Pitching in Tuesday's sim game

    Groome will throw in a simulated game at the Red Sox's alternate training site Tuesday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    He has thrown a couple bullpen sessions, but this will be his first time facing live hitters at Pawtucket. The Red Sox will need to add Groome to the 40-man roster this offseason in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, so this will give him an opportunity to show the new front office what they have in him. The 21-year-old lefty hasn't pitched against full-season hitters since 2017 and underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2018.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Joining 60-man pool

    The Red Sox will add Groome to their 60-man roster pool Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    Groome and fellow prospects Jeter Downs and Jarren Duran are all scheduled to report to the Red Sox's alternative training site in Pawtucket, suggesting none of the three are under serious consideration for the Opening Day roster. Instead, keeping Groome in the roster pool will mainly have the benefit of allowing the Red Sox to monitor his development more closely with no minor-league games being played in 2020. The 2016 first-round pick was limited to only a handful of appearances at the rookie-ball level in 2019 after he finished off a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Returns to game action

    Groome (elbow) pitched a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Wednesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

    Groome allowed one hit and struck out two batters in what was his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2016. According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, the lefty was sitting around 93-94 mph with his fastball while topping out at 95.

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  • Red Sox's Jay Groome: Tommy John surgery successful

    Groome's Tommy John surgery was successful Tuesday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

    Groome, the 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft, is an exciting talent, but injuries have limited him to just 17 career minor-league starts. He's flashed promise over those starts, posting a 11.9 K/9, but he's also recorded a 4.9 BB/9 and a 5.37 ERA. His surgery will keep him out for the remainder of the season and a large portion of 2019, though he'll still be just 20 years old when he returns.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 262 lbs
Birthplace: Barnegat, NJ
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, L