On Monday, the Red Sox added depth to their bullpen through a pair of roster moves. The team claimed reliever Brandon Brennan off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, then moved Ryan Brasier to the 60-day IL in order to make room on the 40-man roster.
Brennan had yet to appear in a game in 2021, but has made 68 major league appearances for Seattle over the last two years. The 29-year-old righty has a career 3-6 record with a 4.45 ERA in 54.2 innings. Upon his signing, he was optioned to Triple-AAA Worcester.
Braiser hasn’t pitched since suffering a calf injury in spring training. He has started throwing last week according to the team, but pitching coach Dave Bush acknowledged “he still has a little ways to go.” Because Brasier’s IL stint is retroactive to March 29, he’ll be eligible to return as soon as May 28.
The Red Sox bullpen has been one of the best in baseball so far in 2021. Their 3.51 ERA ranks seventh in the majors, and opponents are hitting just .220 against them.
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