Boston Red Sox: the bullpen gets deeper

Ziegler has a 2.82 ERA this season, notching 18 saves in 20 opportunities.

There's too much smoke for there not to be a fire, but the process of adding a starter figures to be far more complicated than these early dealings.

Rays' manager Kevin Cash agreed: "We have to find a way to get those shutdown innings".

"They're saying three to six weeks". "He's walking around a little bit more normally".

Marcell Ozuna of the Miami Marlins and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies will start in the outfield for the National League, while Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce will replace Fowler and Cespedes on the National League roster.

Suddenly the Red Sox are racking up the series wins, this time thanks to a big homer from Xander and seven strong from Porcello. The timing of the trade was coincidental, according to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who said he had been talking to Arizona general manager Dave Stewart for several weeks. I applauded the move, but also pointed out that maybe a pitcher or two wouldn't be such a bad idea. The plan had been to bring in Ziegler in a setup role as a replacement for another injured Boston reliever, off-season acquisition Carson Smith, who had Tommy John surgery in late May. "I don't think anybody in here is going to admit to that - I know I won't".

"Ziegler's an established big-league pitcher at the back end of the pen".

Boston's acquisition of Ziegler comes at perhaps the best time after reports that Kimbrell suffered a left knee injury prior to Friday's game. He went for an MRI exam that revealed the torn cartilage.

Kimbrel confirmed that he has been considering trying to pitch this injury but that was squashed by management. "We really like his arm slot, his contrast of style, a side-armer that has been very hard on right-handed hitters, which when you look at our division as we go forward, there's some predominantly right-handed hitting lineups".

"If that's what they want me to do then I'm happy to do it", Ziegler said. What it is, it's something that I wouldn't say is structural.

"We've been trying. It's just, they were ready to do it today", Dombrowski said to WEEI.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced after Friday's game that they traded closer Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.

Red Sox: Farrell said Brock Holt, who left Friday's game with a sprained left ankle, isn't likely to play Sunday, but the team hopes to have him back Friday. We can't put guys in bubbles. "You always wonder on visiting side what it's like over here and being able to get a taste of it is pretty neat".

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