The Red Sox pitching depth grows thinner with recent moves being announced.
It was announced on Friday afternoon that the Red Sox have placed Heath Hembree on the 10 Day IL with an elbow strain and David Price on paternity leave. As retroactive moves, the Sox will recall Josh Smith and Marco Hernandez from Pawtucket.
Prior to tonight’s game against the Yankees, the #RedSox placed RHP Heath Hembree on the 10-day IL with right lateral elbow inflammation.— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 2, 2019
To fill Hembree’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled RHP Josh Smith from Triple-A Pawtucket.
The #RedSox today placed LHP David Price on the paternity leave list. To fill Price’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled INF Marco Hernández from Triple-A Pawtucket.— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 2, 2019
Heath Hembree’s existing injury has arguably been the worst kept secret on the Red Sox over the past few weeks. Since returning from his most recent IL stint, Hembree’s overall velocity has been down and has seen an increase in hard hit % and control issues. Typically, this type of injury doesn’t bode well for the overall well-being of a pitcher. In this case, the Red Sox are hopeful that it’s nothing more than rest that will do the trick for their reliever.
While he’s struggled, as of late, Hembree was one of the most effective relievers at the beginning of the season. A decline in velocity has led to a spike in ERA, and overall performance issues. Pre-injury, the Red Sox reliever had a 2.51 ERA, but has since seen that number rise to a 4.06. Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski are hoping that he will return to form after time off.
Again, adding Josh Smith to the active roster is a disappointment. While he has the longevity to compete in a variety of roles, Ryan Weber and Mike Shawaryn would both represent better options. If David Price were to end up missing his weekend start, the defending champions will head into the Bronx with Josh Smith and Brian Johnson making starts. Honestly, that’s terrible roster management on the part of Dave Dombrowski in what is the biggest series to date.