It’s all hands on deck for Alex Cora and the Red Sox these days, prompting the team to give reliever Ryan Brasier a second chance by way of a Saturday promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket.
One of Boston’s top weapons out of the pen last season — Brasier posted 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 last season — Brasier struggled mightily in 2019.
With a bloated 4.46 ERA and opponents hitting .242 off him, Brasier was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 16, where he spent the next month trying to rediscover the groove that made him an asset last fall.
And if the numbers were any indication, it actually worked, as Brasier allowed just six hits and one run to go with 13 strikeouts in 9.1 innings of work over 10 appearances with the PawSox, good for a 0.96 ERA.
In related news, the Red Sox are officially going with Nathan Eovaldi as their starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles. It will be Eovaldi’s first start since April 17 against the Yankees.