Brasier (calf) is now dealing with a concussion and a cut above his ear after Friday's comebacker incident, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
The reliever is now resting at home after the scary incident in Friday's simulated game, when he took a line drive to the head and required an overnight stay in the hospital. The concussion comes at an extremely unfortunate time for Brasier, as he was nearing his return to the Boston bullpen.
Brasier (calf) is under evaluation at the hospital after being struck in the side of the head by a line drive during a simulated game Friday, Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
The 33-year-old has been on the injured list all season with a calf strain but was nearing a rehab assignment before Friday's scary situation. Brasier's rehab program will be put on hold while he's under observation at the hospital.
Brasier (calf) threw Wednesday and will pitch a simulated game Friday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
The righty continues to progress in his recovery from a left calf strain and appears close to beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester. After an inconsistent 2019, Brasier flashed signs of improvement last year and could earn a considerable role in the Red Sox bullpen upon returning.
Brasier (calf) threw a simulated game Sunday and is nearing a rehab assignment, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Brasier will go on a rehab assignment "sooner rather than later" now that he's progressed to facing hitters. The right-hander has been on the injured list since the start of the regular season but is expected to work in a setup role for the Red Sox once he's cleared to return to the big-league club.
Manager Alex Cora said that Brasier (calf) is "not that far off" from beginning a minor-league rehab assignment after the right-hander completed a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Florida, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Before heading out on a rehab assignment, Cora said Brasier will first need to face hitters in live batting practice "a few times." Brasier, who has been sidelined all season with the left calf strain, is expected to work in a setup role for Boston whenever he's reinstated from the 60-day injured list.
Brasier (calf) recently threw a bullpen session, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Brasier suffered a calf strain late in spring training and was transferred to the 60-day injured list May 3. He resumed throwing in late April and has now progressed to mound work. If Brasier remains on track in his recovery, he could make his season debut in early June.
The Red Sox transferred Brasier (calf) to the 60-day injured list Monday.
The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Brandon Brennan, who was claimed off waivers from Seattle and optioned to Triple-A Worcester. Brasier picked up a calf strain late in spring training and recently began a throwing program, but he's not on track to complete his progression until the second half of the month. He should be ready to go around the time he's first eligible to return from the 60-day IL in early June.
Brasier (calf) has resumed throwing at the Red Sox's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Brasier is limited to playing catch off flat ground at this time while he works his way back from a right calf strain, but the Red Sox are hopeful that he'll graduate to mound work in the near future. The reliever doesn't look like he'll make it back from the 10-day injured list by the end of April, but he could be cleared to make his season debut at some point in early or mid-May.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday that Brasier (calf) has yet to resume baseball activities, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Brasier has been sidelined since suffering a left calf strain in the final week of spring training in late March. Given that Brasier will still need to complete multiple bullpen sessions and simulated games before being activated from the 10-day injured list, he appears unlikely to make his 2021 debut for at least a couple of weeks.
Brasier (calf) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Brasier's move to the IL was fully expected after he suffered a left calf strain during an appearance in a "B" game at spring training earlier this week. A clear timeline for Brasier's season debut likely won't emerge until he's ready to resume throwing again, but Cora noted that he's planning on using the right-hander as his primary seventh-inning man out of the bullpen once he's activated, per Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. Boston plans to use either Adam Ottavino or Matt Barnes as its closer.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Brasier will likely open the season on the injured list after suffering a left calf strain while pitching in a "B" game Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Due to his delayed arrival to camp, Brasier was already at risk of being excluded from the Opening Day roster, but the injury he suffered Monday appears to have the decision an easy one for Boston. With Brasier likely out for at least the first week of the season, Cora said that Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor would be pushed into more higher-leverage work behind closing options Adam Ottavino and Matt Barnes, per Koch.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Brasier tossed his first live batting practice of the spring Monday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
Brasier will face hitters again in batting practice Thursday as he continues to get his arm conditioned ahead of the regular season. Because Brasier was a late arrival to camp while tending to a personal matter, the Red Sox aren't anticipating that he'll be ready to go for Opening Day, but he shouldn't miss much time beyond that. Once he's fully cleared for game action, Brasier will likely slot into a setup role for Boston.
Brasier (conditioning) isn't ready to pitch in games and is throwing a bullpen session Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
The 33-year-old isn't expected to be ready for Opening Day after being a late arrival to spring training due to a personal matter, and he's still attempting to catch up to Boston's other relievers. The fact Brasier isn't returning from an injury could allow him to miss minimal time, even if he isn't quite ready for the start of the season.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sunday that Brasier is doubtful to be ready for Boston's April 1 season opener versus Baltimore while he works to catch up with the team's other relievers following his delayed arrival to spring training, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Brasier could still avoid being placed on the injured list to begin the season if he's close to being fully ramped up by the time camp breaks, but at this stage, he should be viewed as unlikely to be available at any point during Boston's three-game series with Baltimore. Cora noted that in addition to reporting late to spring training while tending to a personal matter, Brasier likely would have been behind the team's other pitchers in throwing progression after fracturing the pinkie finger on his right hand during the offseason. Brasier has since made a full recovery from that injury.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora acknowledged Tuesday that Brasier (conditioning) may not be ready to go for Opening Day, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Following his late arrival at spring training due to a personal matter, Brasier has yet to catch up with Boston's other bullpen arms. Brasier has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut, and with Cora indicating that the team won't rush the right-hander back into action, he could be in store for a brief stint on the IL to begin the season while he ramps up. The fact that Brasier isn't dealing with any sort of injury is encouraging, but his absence from Grapefruit League games could take him out of the running for Boston's up-for-grabs closer job. Adam Ottavino and Matt Barnes currently look like the frontrunners for the gig.
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.
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