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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Works two innings in rehab start

    Mata (hamstring/shoulder) struck out two over two scoreless innings in his rehab start Sunday with Double-A Portland. He gave up one hit and hit another batter with a pitch.

    Mata has resided on the Red Sox's 15-day injured list all season. He was initially placed on the IL coming out of spring training due to a right hamstring strain, and after making three rehab appearances in May, he was shut down for just over three weeks due to shoulder and lat soreness. Mata will likely continue to make multi-inning starts or relief appearances with Portland or Triple-A Worcester and could remain on assignment in the minors for close to the maximum 30 days. The 25-year-old right-hander has yet to make his MLB debut and wouldn't appear to be big-league ready after posting a 6.33 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 27 innings with Worcester in 2023. However, because he doesn't have minor-league options remaining, the Red Sox are expected to keep him on the 26-man active roster as a low-leverage bullpen arm once he's reinstated from the IL.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Resuming rehab assignment

    Mata (hamstring) will resume his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland on Friday or Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

    Mata remains without a clear return timeline, but he appears to be trending in the right direction since being pulled off his rehab assignment in May due to shoulder/lat soreness. The 25-year-old righty has been on the IL all season, and because he is out of minor-league options, he would either need to join the big-league roster or be designated for assignment upon activation.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Managing lat, shoulder soreness

    Mata (hamstring) was pulled off his minor-league rehab assignment due to shoulder and lat soreness Friday and is traveling to Boston to be evaluated, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    The right-hander threw three innings for Double-A Portland on Thursday, but his rehab assignment is now being paused. Mata is working his way back from a hamstring strain, and the new injuries will push back his return timeline.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Begins rehab at High-A

    Mata (hamstring) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk over two innings in a rehab start for High-A Greenville on Saturday.

    Mata, whose rebab assignment moved from the Florida Complex League to Greenville, made his second rehab appearance. He worked a quick first inning but was knocked around in the second. "We just want him to throw strikes and hopefully the stuff is back," Boston manager Alex Cora told Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe. "It's hard. So we'll see what happens in the upcoming weeks. Hopefully he stays healthy." Mata is out of options and will need to be activated to the parent club or get designated for assignment.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Works two innings in rehab outing

    Mata (hamstring) began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Florida Complex League on Monday and struck out two over two innings while allowing one run on three hits and no walks.

    The 25-year-old Mata has yet to make his big-league debut, but because he has no minor-league options remaining, he'll eventually join the Red Sox once he completes what will likely be a lengthy rehab assignment across multiple affiliates. Mata, who is working his way back from a right hamstring strain, has worked almost exclusively as a starter during his time in the minors, but he'll presumably be in store for a low-leverage, multi-inning role out of the Red Sox bullpen upon his return from the 15-day injured list.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Opens season on IL

    The Red Sox placed Mata (hamstring) on the 15-day injured list Thursday.

    Mata suffered a right hamstring strain early in camp and was unable to make any appearances in the Grapefruit League, so this decision comes as little surprise. Per MLB.com, the 24-year-old right-hander is likely trending toward a return in May, as he'll essentially need to go through his own version of spring training before being ready to pitch in games. Mata doesn't have any minor-league options remaining, so unless the Red Sox want to risk losing him to waivers, he'll have to be included on the big-league roster once activated from the IL.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Throws bullpen

    Mata (hamstring) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    The plan going forward is to have Mata throw another bullpen session and potentially face live hitters next week. The right-hander may eventually get into a game before the end of camp. It's likely Mata will be placed on the injured list to start the season.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Sidelined with hamstring injury

    Mata is set to miss time after pulling his right hamstring Sunday, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Mata is set to compete for a bullpen spot for Opening Day, but he will have to wait for his opportunities in spring training while recovering from his hamstring injury. He appeared in nine games -- starting in seven -- for Triple-A Worcester in 2023 and posted an 0-3 record with a 6.33 ERA, 2.19 WHIP and 28:30 K:BB through 27 innings.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Out of options

    Mata is out of minor-league options, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

    As such, the Red Sox will need to trade the right-hander or designate him for assignment if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. Mata has thrown only 110 minor-league innings across the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2021. He opened 2023 as a member of the rotation at Triple-A Worcester before further injuries set in. Upon his return in September, he moved to the bullpen. That's a role the organization feels might be a better fit for Mata, who will need to improve his control to win a big-league job this spring. Justin Slaten, a Rule 5 selection, also needs to be kept on the major-league roster all season, and the Red Sox may not have room for both.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Likely transitioning to bullpen

    Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow said Tuesday that Mata is likely to move into a relief role, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Mata has primarily worked as a starter on his way up through Boston's minor-league system, but he's struggled to stay healthy in recent years and may have better luck on that front with shorter outings. The 24-year-old right-hander missed all of June, July and August in 2023 because of a lingering shoulder injury.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Activated off minor-league IL

    Mata (shoulder) was activated from the minor-league injured list Sunday at Triple-A Worcester, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Mata is finally ready to return to the mound after missing about four months because of right shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old had posted a 5.61 ERA through 25.2 innings (seven starts) for Worcester prior to the lengthy IL stint.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Throws off mound

    Mata (shoulder) posted a video Wednesday on his personal Twitter account featuring him throwing a bullpen session.

    Mata hasn't pitched for Triple-A Worcester since May 9 after he was shut down due to right shoulder inflammation, and reports have been scarce over the ensuing two months regarding where exactly he stood in his recovery. The video he provided Wednesday provides some more clarity, though it's unclear when Mata might be ready for game action at Worcester. He posted a 5.61 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 26:27 K:BB in 25.2 innings prior to landing on the 7-day injured list.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Shelved at Triple-A

    Triple-A Worcester placed Mata on its 7-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata picked up the injury in his most recent start versus Rochester on Tuesday, when he labored through 2.1 innings while giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Though the injury doesn't sound too significant, it's another setback on the medical front for Mata nonetheless after he previously missed all of the 2021 campaign and the first two months of the 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Mata has struggled to a 5.61 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 26:27 K:BB in 25.2 innings through his seven starts with Worcester this season.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Sent to Triple-A

    Mata was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Sunday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    Manager Alex Cora said in February that Mata could make his MLB debut this season, though it's still not a surprise the right-hander won't be on the Opening Day roster. The 23-year-old finished the 2022 campaign with Worcester after he was promoted in August, and he could see the majors before too long if he can replicate the 3.47 ERA he posted at Triple-A last season.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Could make big-league debut

    Boston manager Alex Cora speculated that Mata could make his major-league debut in 2023, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. "The ability is there," Cora said. "At one point, (Mata) is gonna be part of this and he's gonna help us to win a few games."

    The 23-year-old Mata was a highly regarded prospect at the lower levels of the minors before the pandemic and Tommy John elbow surgery curtailed his development. He returned to pitching in June of 2022 and was at Triple-A Worcester to finish the season. The right-hander dominated at Double-A Portland (1.85 ERA in 48.2 innings) before a five-start stint with the WooSox (3.47 ERA, 30 strikeouts, 23.1 innings). Mata, who consistently hit 100 MPH last season, will come out of the bullpen in Friday's exhibition against Northeastern University. He projects as a starter or reliver. Either way, Mata needs to hone his command; he posted a career 4.3 BB/9 throughout the minors and 5.8 in 2022.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Heading to Triple-A

    Mata was promoted to Triple-A Worcester on Sunday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mata missed the 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery and spent the start of this year continuing to recover. However, he performed well after being activated at Double-A Portland, posting a 1.85 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 48.2 innings over 10 appearances (nine starts). He's expected to make his first start at Worcester sometime this week.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Activated at Double-A

    Mata (elbow) was activated from Triple-A Worcester's 7-day injured list June 28 and assigned to Double-A Portland, with whom he's covered 7.1 innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out eight across two appearances since being reinstated.

    Even though he was optioned to Worcester coming out of spring training, Mata has yet to debut for Boston's top affiliate while working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last April. After making four rehab appearances between Single-A Salem and High-A Greenville, Mata looks like he'll settle in Portland's rotation for the time being. He covered four innings in his most recent outing for the Double-A club and looks to be fully stretched out at this point.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Shifting rehab to High-A

    Mata (elbow) is scheduled to make the second start of his rehab assignment at High-A Greenville this week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    After reaching the finish line in his recovery from April 2021 Tommy John surgery, Mata was cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Salem on Saturday. He looked sharp during his two-inning start for Salem, allowing no hits and one unearned run while striking out two. According to Speier, Mata's fastball topped out at around 99 miles per hour in the start, so the 23-year-old has seemingly regained his pre-surgery velocity. He'll likely get stretched out over a few more starts at lower-level affiliates before slotting into the Triple-A Worcester rotation.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Begins rehab assignment

    Mata (elbow) began a rehab assignment at Single-A Salem on Saturday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    Mata was pitching in extended spring training last month, but he returned to minor-league game action Saturday and allowed an unearned run on no hits and two walks while striking out two in two innings. He generated 10 swings and misses during the outing and is expected to continue his rehab assignment at High-A Greenville this week.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Pitching in extended spring

    Mata (elbow) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    Mata is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in April of last year. He still has steps to take before completing his recovery, but his performance Thursday was an encouraging one, as he struck out five batters in two hitless innings and touched 100 mph with his fastball.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 223 lbs
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R