Red Sox Promote Struggling Reliever

Devon Platana
The Boston Red Sox have promoted struggling reliever Jeurys Familia on Saturday.
The Boston Red Sox have promoted struggling reliever Jeurys Familia on Saturday. / AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

The Boston Red Sox's pitchers have dealt with unfortunate injuries throughout the 2022 MLB season. The latest incident saw Chris Sale's season end nearly as quick as it began and now the Red Sox are at the point where they're turning to a struggling relief pitcher for reinforcements.

After signing him to a minor-league deal on Tuesday, the Red Sox promoted Jeurys Familia to their MLB roster on Saturday. The move came after Sale was placed on the 60-day injured list while also optioning fellow pitcher Kaleb Ort to Triple-A Worcester.

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If Familia is going to help the Red Sox become a wild card team, he must pitch better than he did with the Philadelphia Phillies to start the year. In 38 relief appearances with the Phillies, the former MLB All-Star went 1-1 with a 6.09 ERA and 1.853 WHIP while giving up a career-worst 12.7 hits per nine innings.

Familia made one appearance with Worcester before his promotion, which took place on Thursday. The veteran hurler looked decent in his showing, striking out all three batters that he faced in one inning of work, only throwing out 13 pitches in the frame.

Familia isn't the player he once was when he led the MLB with 51 saves in 2016, but a change of scenery could help turn his season around. The Red Sox could certainly use a bounce-back performance to avoid missing the postseason for the third time in four seasons.

Yankees vs Red Sox Odds (Aug. 13)

Red Sox fans could catch a glimpse of Familia making his team debut when they host the New York Yankees at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday. FanDuel Sportsbook currently has Boston available as the +124 underdog while New York is favored at -146.

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