The Red Sox are done waiting for Ryan Brasier’s game to come around, and said as much with their Tuesday decision to option Brasier back to Triple-A Pawtucket, promoting Darwinzon Hernandez to the big league club in the process.
One of Boston’s breakout stars of 2018, posting a 1.60 ERA in 33.2 regular-season innings and then a 1.04 ERA in nine postseason appearances en route to a World Series, the 31-year-old Brasier has flat out lost it this season.
And Monday’s woeful appearance may have been the final straw for the Red Sox.
Summoned for the eighth inning, Brasier recorded just two outs and surrendered four runs on four hits, seeing his 2019 ERA balloon up to 4.24. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was critical of Brasier’s pitch selection, providing multiple examples of Brasier not making quality pitches and failing to bury guys with two strikes.
It’s become a theme for the hard-throwing righty, too, with eight hits and six earned runs surrendered over his last five innings (five appearances).
With Brasier sent to the minors to find his game, the left-handed Hernandez will return to the Red Sox.
Hernandez has an 0-1 record, 5.06 ERA, and 11 strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched for Boston.