The Red Sox will option Shawaryn to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Blue Jays, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Shawaryn was one of several pitchers who was lit up over the weekend during the two-game London series with the Yankees in which Boston surrendered 29 runs. The right-hander was charged with eight of those runs Saturday, when he needed 53 pitches just to record four outs. His demotion to Triple-A could signal that the Red Sox are ready to reinstate fellow reliever Heath Hembree (forearm) from the 10-day injured list.
Shawaryn walked two and struck out two over 2.1 scoreless innings in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Rangers.
After starter David Price's control betrayed him, Boston's bullpen stepped in to save the day. It began with Shawaryn, who entered with one out in the second inning. After Thursday's effort, he's allowed just one hit and one run in 8.1 relief innings while striking out 13. None of his four outings have lasted fewer than two innings. The right-hander was a starter in the minors but appears to have found himself in a new role at the major-league level.
Shawaryn may pitch in Thursday's game against the Royals, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Manager Alex Cora tabbed Ryan Weber to start Thursday in what could amount to a bullpen game. "Most likely Weber but we'll see," Cora said. "A combination of [Weber] and Shawaryn. I don't want to say opener thing. We trust these guys, but most likely both of them are going to be part of it. We'll map it out." If Weber can't get deep into the game, expect to see Shawaryn make his MLB debut. He was called up last Friday and has yet to appear in a game. Because he was a starter in the minors, Shawaryn can give the Red Sox length if needed. The right-hander has posted a 3.72 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and a .230 batting average against over 10 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket before his promotion.
Shawaryn had his contract purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Shawaryn will take the roster spot of Hector Velazquez (back), who was sent to the injured list in a corresponding move. The right-hander has strictly work as a starter for the PawSox this season -- compiling a 3.72 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 10 starts (55.2 innings) -- so he figures to fill the long-relief role left open by Velazquez.
Shawaryn received an invitation to major-league spring training Thursday.
The right-hander reached Triple-A for the first time last season, amassing a 3.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 36 innings at Pawtucket. The 2018 campaign marked the first time he failed to strike out a batter per inning, though he continued to exhibit good control, walking just 38 hitters in 149.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. There's not really a hole in Boston's pitching staff for Shawaryn to fill out of spring training, but given his proximity to the majors, there's a decent chance that he comes up to the majors at some point in 2019 to make a spot start or two.
Shawaryn was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Shawaryn made 19 starts at Double-A Portland in 2018, posting a 3.28 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a 99:27 K:BB over 112 innings. He's ranked as Boston's No. 12 prospect.
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