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Red Sox recall Colten Brewer from Worcester

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He replaces Franchy Cordero on the roster.

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On Thursday, the Red Sox made a somewhat surprising move, optioning Franchy Cordero to Worcester. As we mention in the linked post, it’s not that Cordero being demoted came out of nowhere, but rather that there wasn’t a totally logical replacement. The guess was that they were just calling up another reliever to get back to their 14-man pitching staff. That is indeed what happened, as the team called Colten Brewer back up from Triple-A.

This was the most straight-forward of the possible moves. There’s a fair argument Brewer was not the most talented option available to him in Worcester’s bullpen, but he was only one of two players who was already on the 40-man roster. Anyone else would have required another move to clear a spot, something they may not want to do with some other non-40-man players (Shmarren Shmuran) getting on the radar for a promotion relatively soon. Brewer has been up this year when he took the place of Garrett Whitlock, who spent a day on the COVID IL, but he did not appear.

Brewer has been in Boston for the last two seasons, with last year being a struggle. He pitched to a 5.61 ERA over 25 23 innings in 2020. So far in 2021, he’s made four appearances totaling four innings, and he’s allowed four runs on three strikeouts and three walks. The righty doesn’t bring much upside to the table, but he can get a ground ball and go multiple innings. Expect him to serve in a mop-up role similar to what Austin Brice was doing before he was designated for assignment.