The Orioles have announced that Thomas Eshelman authorized waivers and accepted an assignment at Triple-A. The right-hander has been nominated for an assignment on Sunday. In 21 1/3 innings this year, he’s struggled powerfully, with an 8.02 ERA, along with strikeout and walk rates of 6.9% and 9.8%.
Elsewhere in eastern LA …
- Matt Barnes was placed on COVID-IL earlier today because he was exhibiting certain symptoms but had not tested positive. After the game, Chris Cotillo from MassLive.com reported that Barnes then tested negative and could be reactivated tomorrow. It is surely a relief on several fronts. But in terms of pure baseball, Barnes is hugely important to the Red Sox. The 31-year-old is enjoying his best season yet, with a 2.30 ERA being more than a full run better than his previous low of 3.65 in 2018. He also pushed his strikeout rate to 41.5%, above its previous best of 38.6. And his walk rate has trended downward, hitting 6.9%, better than every previous season except for his small sample debut in 2014.
- Cotillo also provided updates on a handful of other Red Soxes, including an unfortunate detail on Darwinzon Hernandez. “It’s gone from something that we thought was coming back soon, now he’s in pain and he’s in a bit more pain, so we have to do some more testing to see where we’re at,” Cora said. as said in the play. Hernandez was put on the injured list on July 31 with a right oblique elongation. The hope at the time was that it would be a minimum stay over the 10 days. But there is a chance that hope is dashed now. The southpaw has been a solid contributor to the Boston relievers’ box this year, recording 34 innings with a 3.44 ERA, racking up strikeouts at a healthy 29.9% rate but also plenty of walks to 16. , 9%.
- “So far I’m very surprised, to be honest with you – pleasantly surprised – that he’s doing so well and things are going in the right direction” is what Cora had to say about Ryan Brasier. The 33-year-old was recovering from a calf injury in June when he was hit in the head by a comebacker. He suffered a concussion and an ear laceration at the time, but now looks set to throw up a pen and start another rehab. The right-hander has been a valued member of the Red Sox box for the past three seasons, but has yet to play at the major league level this year due to the calf injury and then the spooky incident in June. . But it is very encouraging that he appears to be in good health now.