The Red Sox pitching staff has clearly been in flux all season long, as the churn of arms going through the system has been nonstop. Kyle Hart did get a few chances in the rotation, but those chances did not go well and he then moved over to the bullpen, making his first relief appearance on Tuesday night against the Braves. That also did not go well, and the Red Sox mentioned he had gotten hurt towards the end of the outing. Now, he’s heading to the injured list with a left hip impingement. Andrew Triggs comes up to take his place on the roster.
The #RedSox today placed LHP Kyle Hart on the 10-day injured list with a left hip impingement.— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 2, 2020
To fill Hart’s spot on the active roster, the club recalled RHP Andrew Triggs from the Alternate Training Site. Triggs will wear No. 61.
As I said, Hart has not really gotten the job done in his chances with the team. After pitching well enough in the high minors recently to get placed on the 40-man roster this past winter, the lefty came up this summer for three starts and Tuesday’s relief appearance. All told, he’s tossed a total of 11 innings, pitching to a 15.55 ERA with 13 strikeouts and ten walks along with three homers. Hart is the kind of pitcher who needs pinpoint control to work around his lack of stuff, and that simply hasn’t been there this year.
Triggs, meanwhile, was one of many waiver wire pickups the Red Sox have made this year. The righty has some major-league experience having pitched for the Athletics earlier in the decade. His rookie year in 2016 opened eyes for many, as he pitched to a 4.31 ERA over 56 1⁄3 innings that year but did so with solid peripherals to the tune of 55 strikeouts and 13 walks. Unfortunately, he was never able to make good on that promise in Oakland’s rotation the following two years. He made one appearance for the Giants earlier this year, walking three of the four batters he faced. Triggs will likely serve as a bulk arm for a Red Sox pitching staff that is simply desperate to get innings from wherever they can find them.