The Red Sox and the Twins, after postponing their game scheduled for Monday, are facing off in a doubleheader here on Wednesday. Aside from being seven inning games (gross), teams also get an extra player for days in which they play two games. This has been a rule for a few years now. Oftentimes an extra starter will be called up, but since the Red Sox don’t need that — both Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez are ready to roll today — they’re going to the bullpen. And specifically, it’s Eduard Bazardo getting the call.
The #RedSox appointed RHP Eduard Bazardo as the club’s 27th man for today’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 14, 2021
Bazardo, as you may recall, was the star of Fall Instructs for the Red Sox, showing off improved velocity that increased his ceiling out of the bullpen. This was enough to get him added to the 40-man roster this past winter.
The righty spent 2019 split between High-A and Double-A, tossing a total of 73 1⁄3 innings with a 2.21 ERA with 88 strikeouts and 21 walks. This past spring, he tossed five innings over four appearances, allowing one run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He will attack with a fastball that now sits in the mid-90s as well as a curveball that can work as a tremendous out pitch.
Bazardo is almost certainly not going to be used in a high-leverage situation unless something wacky happens, but there’s a chance he develops into that kind of pitcher — perhaps not a closer, but a setup arm — down the road. If he does get into one of the games on Wednesday it will be his major-league debut.