Brasier set down the side in order, striking out one, in the fifth inning of Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.
Brasier is on the bubble, competing with several relievers for the final few bullpen spots, but he has thrown this spring like the pitcher that surprised Boston in 2018. He's allowed three hits and one run while striking out four without a walk over five spring innings. "Certainly our goal and his goal is to get back to the guy he was in 2018, because he was very, very good that year and really important," Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush told Ian Browne of MLB.com. "It's not to discount the year he had last year, but he wasn't quite himself most of the year." He was an important setup piece for the Red Sox in 2018, when they won the World Series, but a toe injury in 2019 led to kinks in his mechanics.
Brasier (2-4) was charged with six runs on five hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss against the Angels on Saturday.
Brasier entered the contest in the eighth inning with a 4-3 lead, but the Angels opened the inning with three consecutive singles. Brasier left with two men on base, and his replacement, Josh Smith, allowed a three-run homer to tack on some more damage to Brasier's line. The right-hander had allowed only one run over his previous seven innings entering Saturday's contest. He now has a 5.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 49:18 K:BB in 48 innings this season.
Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket ahead of Saturday's contest against the Orioles.
The promotion comes after Chris Sale (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Aug. 14. Brasier was 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 13 strikeouts across 9.1 innings in the minors since he was sent down July 16. The right-hander will return to a Red Sox bullpen that has struggled in his absence.
Brasier was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Brasier hasn't been able to get the job done for the Red Sox this season out of the bullpen, accruing a 4.24 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 36 punchouts over 40.1 innings. He's also blown three save opportunities over that stretch. Darwinzon Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Brasier struck out one in a scoreless inning to record his seventh save in a 2-0 win over the Twins on Monday.
Brasier was called upon with a two-run lead and delivered three straight outs to nail down the save. The 31-year old was activated from the bereavement list Monday and recorded his first save since April 21. Brasier has a 2-3 record with a 3.64 ERA in 32 appearances this season.
Brasier returned from the bereavement list as expected Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Brasier had been out since Tuesday. Travis Lakins and Josh Smith were optioned in corresponding moves for the activations of Brasier and Hector Velazquez (back), who returned from the injured list.
Brasier is expected to return from the bereavement list Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Brasier has been on the list since Tuesday. Players are allowed to spend between three and seven days on the list, so he appears to be tracking toward the back end of that timeframe.
Brasier was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Players must spend between three and seven days on the bereavement list, so Brasier could be back as soon as Friday in Baltimore. His absence makes room on the roster for Darwinzon Hernandez, who starts Tuesday against Texas.
Brasier was tagged with a blown save after allowing three runs on two hits and a walk without retiring a batter in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Indians.
Brasier was the lowlight in a bullpen meltdown that turned a Boston victory into a loss as Cleveland plated five runs in the ninth inning. The positive news for Brasier owners is that he was brought in for a save opportunity to start the ninth inning with Boston leading 5-2, which means he still has the trust of manager Alex Cora. However, the inning went south in a hurry. He gave up a leadoff home run to Roberto Perez, then was touched for a two-run job off the bat of Greg Allen, the Indians' No. 8 hitter who was hitting just .106. Brasier's meltdown comes after a string of positive performances that signaled he was back on track after a shaky beginning to the month of May.
Brasier was not used in a save situation Sunday when manager Alex Cora turned to Marcus Walden in a 4-1 win over the Astros.
Brasier has not logged a save since April 21 and is emerging from a rough stretch earlier in May. Walden has been pitching well for Boston and earned high-leverage relief appearances, so he has been added to the mix for save chances. Where this leaves Brasier in terms of save opportunities is uncertain, but he's made three consecutive clean outings and remains part of the late-inning crew.
Brasier allowed two runs on three hits in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Orioles.
Brasier entered the game in the eighth inning in a non-save situation and promptly made it a save opportunity for Matt Barnes, who converted his third of the season. Brasier has allowed runs in each of his last two outings, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits over one inning.
Brasier (1-1) was hit with a blown save and took the loss against the White Sox on Thursday, recording one out in the ninth inning while giving up three runs (two earned) in a 6-4 defeat.
Brasier was tasked with protecting a one-run lead, but an error by Rafael Devers and a single by Yonder Alonso set the stage for a walk-off three-run blast by Nicky Delmonico that gave Brasier his first loss and second blown save of the season. It was a tough outing, but he's still done good work out of the bullpen for Boston so far, recording six saves while posting a 2.57 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and a 13:2 K:BB in his 15 appearances.
Brasier (1-0) struck out one in 1.1 perfect innings of relief to get credit for the win in Monday's 9-4 victory over the A's.
Eduardo Rodriguez didn't complete five innings, leaving it to the official scorer to determine which Boston reliever most "deserved" the win, and Brasier was the lucky recipient after he got the final out of the seventh inning and breezed through the eighth. The right-hander now has a 1.32 ERA and 12:2 K:BB with six saves and a hold through 13.2 innings over 14 appearances.
Brasier struck out one in a perfect 11th inning to earn the save over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Brasier had quite the weekend in Florida, notching three saves during Boston's series sweep over the Rays. The 31-year-old looks to be running away with the closer job with a 1.59 ERA and 11:2 K:BB in 11.1 innings this season.
Brasier gave up two hits and struck out one in a scoreless inning to record his fifth save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Rays on Saturday.
The right-hander continues to be effective in the ninth inning. Brasier has five saves in six chances to go along with a 1.74 ERA and 10:2 K:BB in 10.1 innings, and with Matt Barnes filling the fireman role, Brasier should continue to see plenty of save opportunities for the Red Sox.
Braiser posted one strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner to record his fourth save in a 6-4 victory against the Rays on Friday.
It was a nice way to rebound after Braiser blew his first save of the year Wednesday. Even with that blown save, Braiser has strong numbers -- 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and nine strikeouts in 9.1 innings. He's also recorded a hold and has walked only two batters.
Brasier was charged with a blown save in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees as he gave up a grand slam. He allowed one earned run on one hit with two strikeouts over two-thirds of an inning.
Brasier entered in a tough spot during the seventh inning with the bases loaded and only one out, but looked to be in decent shape with an 0-2 count on Brett Gardner before giving up the grand slam. The right-hander was unlikely to complete the game Wednesday given how early he came in, but nonetheless gets charged with the blown save. Brasier still has a 2.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 8:2 K:BB and three converted saves over 8.1 innings.
Brasier entered Sunday's game in the eighth inning with Boston leading 1-0 and worked around a walk and a hit in scoreless inning.
Brasier has closed out three games this season, but Matt Barnes was positioned to get the save in this one. The Red Sox scored three times in the bottom of the eighth, so no save was credited, but it does did shed some light on manager Alex Cora's planned usage. Starter David Price was allowed to pitch out of a minor jam in the seventh inning and got Boston into the eighth with the lead. That meant Cora did not have to burn Barnes early to squelch a budding threat, and the manager had Brasier enter to set up the potential save for Barnes. Both relievers are expected to get save chances going forward, with game circumstances dictating which one will be positioned for the save.
Brasier recorded the final two outs Friday night against the Orioles to get his third save of the season.
Brasier had to warm up in a hurry to get the last two outs after Tyler Thornburg turned a 6-2 lead into a 6-4 lead by allowing a two-run homer. But this wasn't all a fluke that Brasier was around to get the save -- the Red Sox used Matt Barnes to finish the seventh inning.
Brasier tossed a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a hit while striking out one batter and earning the save in Sunday's 1-0 victory against the Diamondbacks.
Matt Barnes took the seventh- and eighth-inning duties Sunday while Brasier was relied on to shut things down. It's looking more like Barnes will be used in high-leverage situations rather than strictly closing games. This would give Brasier more opportunities in the ninth inning, and he should be worth a speculative add in all formats.
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