Brasier has yet to arrive at camp but is expected to do so within a few days, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
There will likely be a handful of players around the league who are delayed due to intake testing, though it's not clear that's the reason for Brasier's absence. He's reportedly gone due to "personal reasons" and hasn't been placed on the COVID-19 injured list. It doesn't appear as though his readiness for Opening Day is under serious threat.
Brasier agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The Red Sox lack a proven closer on the roster, with Matt Barnes positioned as the likely ninth-inning option if they do not add anyone more seasoned, so Brasier could earn late-inning work in 2021. The 33-year-old righty had a 3.96 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 25 innings last season.
Brasier allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning to earn his ninth hold in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Marlins.
Quietly, Brasier has emerged as a go-to setup man for Boston manager Ron Roenicke. He's allowed just one run with 21:7 K:BB over his last 15 appearances spanning 16 innings, filling an eighth-inning role that was supposed to be handled by Josh Taylor (shoulder) and/or Darwinzon Hernandez (shoulder).
Brasier (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 innings to earn the win Saturday versus the Nationals.
Starter Chris Mazza went only 2.1 innings, and Brasier was deemed the most effective of five relievers to follow him before Matt Barnes closed it out. Brasier has posted six consecutive scoreless outings spanning 6.2 innings -- in that span, he's allowed four hits, three walks and struck out eight. The 33-year-old has 4.97 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and a 14:6 K:BB across 12.2 innings overall.
Manager Ron Roenicke said Brasier would serve as the Red Sox's opening pitcher in Monday's game against the Rays, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Brasier hasn't covered more than an inning in any of his five appearances out of the bullpen this season, so unless he works efficiently in the first frame, expect him to bow out of the game in the bottom of the second. According to Koch, Roenicke suggested a day earlier that Colten Brewer will likely cover the bulk of the innings once Brasier exits the game.
Brasier struck out two over a scoreless inning in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees.
During a season in which there have been plenty of opportunities for Boston's relievers, this was just Brasier's second appearance. He gave up three runs on three hits over an inning in his first outing. It looks like Brasier, who served as an important setup man in 2018 and closed games in 2019, is no longer a trusted member of the bullpen.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/25||@ ATL||L 7-8||1.0||3||2||1||1|
|09/20||vs NYY||W 10-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/18||vs NYY||L 5-6||1.0||2||1||0||1|
|09/17||@ MIA||W 5-3||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/15||@ MIA||W 2-0||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/13||@ TB||W 6-3||1.1||0||0||0||3|
|09/10||@ TB||W 4-3||1.0||0||0||1||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||27.0||25||0||0||2||1||3||26||9||26||5.00||1.296|
|2012||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||59.2||55||0||0||7||3||13||54||24||66||4.41||1.520|
|2013||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||56.2||38||0||0||5||2||10||57||16||69||4.16||1.512|
|2018||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||40.1||34||0||0||2||5||13||40||8||29||1.35||0.923|
|2019||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||9.1||10||0||0||2||0||0||13||1||6||0.99||0.769|