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Red Sox Place Josh Taylor on 10-Day Injured List, Recall Eduard Bazardo From Triple-A Worcester

The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handed reliever Josh Taylor on the 10-day injured list, and have recalled Eduardo Bazardo from Triple-A Worcester. Taylor joins fellow Sox bullpen arm, Garrett Whitlock, on the IL.

Boston used lefty Darwinzon Hernandez in a crucial situation Saturday, instead of Josh Taylor. Hernandez served up a grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton after hitting Anthony Rizzo to load the bases — the Red Sox lost, 5-3.

But manager Alex Cora revealed after the game that Taylor wasn’t feeling well, responding to many fans’ frustration over the decision. Cora said it was a back issue, and that he is undergoing an MRI today. The MRI seems to have come back with a result that wasn’t good.

The Sox lose a crucial southpaw, and he could potentially be out for the rest of the season. Remember, Boston’s season ends next Sunday — that’s seven days, and he likely won’t be off the IL by then — if it’s made exactly ten days, he still won’t even make it to the Wild Card game since that lies on Tuesday.

May 12, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Eduard Bazardo (83) pitches during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bazardo has been with the Sox since 2015 when he was an international signing out of Venezuela. The 26-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run through two outings (three innings) with Boston this season — he has allowed 11 runs across 11.1 innings in Triple-A Worcester this season (8.74 ERA), but spent the majority of the season on the 60-day injured list.

(Photo of Josh Taylor by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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