One guy that has been pretty consistent as of late in the Red Sox bullpen is Heath Hembree. Unfortunately, it looks like the Red Sox will have to survive without the right-handed reliever for a little bit.
Fans were concerned last night when they found out that Hembree was unavailable to pitch in the ninth inning due to forearm soreness, but Hembree dismissed any real concern with his comments post-game saying that he would be fine. Well, it turns out that he was not fine considering the Red Sox have placed the righty on the IL with a right extensor strain.
Alex Cora says that Hembree should be good to go in about 10 days and says Hembree feels he should be be fine sooner rather than later. (via Christopher Smith, MassLive.com)
The injuries continue to pile up for this Red Sox roster. This injury, in particular, will hurt. Like I said, Hembree has been a reliable option for Cora to go to in late innings. Hembree has posted a 2.51 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched this season. Josh Taylor has been recalled to replace Hembree on the roster.