Over the last week or so, the Red Sox have gotten a handful of really rough performances from their starting pitcher, which in turn has put a strain on the bullpen. Those short outings combined with a long, 17-day stretch without an off-day on the schedule have resulted in a need for fresh arms. They’ve been doing a lot of shuffling on the bottom of their roster, including bringing Brandon Brennan up from Worcester and then quickly designating him for assignment to make room for Ryan Weber.
We learned on Wednesday that Brennan did indeed clear waivers and will stay in the organization. The team announced they were outrighting him to Triple-A Worcester.
The #RedSox today outrighted RHP Brandon Brennan to Triple-A Worcester.— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 16, 2021
It’s not a major surprise that he was not claimed by anyone on waivers, as the 29-year-old is largely organizational depth as it is. He made one appearance in his stint in the majors, tossing three scoreless innings on three hits and two walks with one strikeout. He’s looked good in Triple-A this year as well, pitching to a 2.16 ERA over 8 1⁄3 innings with 11 strikeouts and five walks.
We could see Brennan back in the majors this year, but he now joins a crowded group of Worcester pitchers who could be vying for a chance that are not currently on the 40-man, to say nothing of Phillips Valdez, Yacksel Ríos, and Eduard Bazardo (who is currently injured) who are on the 40-man. He’ll have to pitch his way back to the majors if we are to see him again.