After Friday night’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Dave Dombrowski worked into the night to bring in a back end bullpen arm. Earlier in the day, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Kimbrel were both unavailable due to injury, leaving a few giant holes in the ‘pen. We know now that Kimbrel had torn his meniscus going for a ground ball in batting practice and will need surgery (out 3-6 weeks). To add depth to the ‘pen Dombrowski traded RHP Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe to the Arizona Diamondback for set-up man Brad Ziegler.
Ziegler is a legit late-inning arm who can close if needed. The side-armer is 36-years old and has a 2.82 ERA with just 1 HR allowed in 38.1 innings this year with the DBacks. He has walked 15 batters this year, more than you would like to see, but should compliment the other bullpen arms well. Given Kimbrel’s injury and Koji Uehara‘s age, I think Ziegler will get some set-up and closing opportunities over the next few weeks. His veteran presence should help stabilize a sometimes shaky bullpen down the stretch.
Also on Friday night, Brock Holt left with and ankle sprain and Hanley Ramirez fouled a ball of his shin. Both did not play on Saturday and I would guess will not play Sunday as well, given the extended all-star break begins on Monday. They can rest and be fully ready to go when the Red Sox return to action on Friday, July 15th in the Bronx against the Yankees.