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Red Sox Minor League Notebook: Eduard Bazardo Not Claimed, Jarren Duran Tests Positive; Joe Davis, Brandon Walter, Darwinzon Hernandez, Marcelo Mayer

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It looked like Eduard Bazardo wouldn’t be a member of the Boston Red Sox anymore after being designated for assignment. Boston had to waive both him and Ralph Garza — who got claimed by the Rays — in order to make room for both Tyler Danish and Travis Shaw on the 40-man roster.

Bazardo went unclaimed though, and was outrighted to Triple-A Worcester. The 26-year-old right-hander looks to have a fully healthy season with the WooSox after making just 11 relief outings for the team — he had a 60-day injured list stint mid-season due to a right lat strain.

Jarren Duran tests positive for COVID

Though the WooSox gained a utility, they also lost one. Jarren Duran tested positive for COVID before Sunday’s rubber match of the series against the Jumbo Shrimp. Duran missed time last year due to a positive test in the midst of Boston’s outbreak, and he was not in the lineup for Worcester Sunday after the team found out.

Have a weekend, Big Joe Davis!

It’s not a secret that everyone loves the legend of 25-year-old first baseman Big Joe Davis. Chad Jennings of The Athletic wrote about him last month.

The word “Big” in front of the fan favorite’s name isn’t even an adjective at this point — hence it being capitzlied. It’s the label that’s been put on him that’s made him one of the more popular Red Sox prospects despite not even being in SoxProspects.com‘s top 60.

Well, with High-A Greenville not wanting to use any more arms in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s ballgame, the team brought in Davis to finish the inning. He entered with the bases loaded and allowed two hits on a walk across 0.2 innings — letting three runs score, but no runs were credited to him.

Sunday was Joe Davis Bobblehead night, and Davis would homer.

Quite the weekend for the beloved Davis.

Brandon Walter nearly perfect in first outing of season

Walter, 25, picked up right where he left off last season (2.92 ERA across High-A and Double-A) with a five-inning outing that saw just one hit let up and seven strikeouts for Double-A Portland Sunday.

Starting out hot

Through three Single-A Salem games so far, Boston’s 2021 first-round pick Marcelo Mayer has gone 7-for-13 with two doubles and six RBI so far, leading Salem to a 3-0 start.

Franchy Cordero hit two homers, including a grand slam this weekend. Cordero, through six games with Worcester this season has hit .385 (10-for-26) with three big flies, 11 RBI, and a 1.237 OPS.

Matthew Lugo has gone 8-for-14 (.571) so far with one homer, three RBI, and a stolen bag across three games with High-A Greenville.

Darwinzon Heranandez hurls three hitless innings

Darwinzon Hernandez tossed a solid three innings for Worcester Sunday, not allowing a hit nor a walk. But, he did hit two straight batters in the first inning. His performance and Cordero’s homer led the WooSox past the Jumbo Shrimp in the series finale.

Michael Gettys starts first full pitching season off on the right foot

Michael Gettys, who transitioned from an outfielder to a pitcher in August of last season pitched 1.2 innings allowing just one hit Saturday in Greenville’s loss. Gettys — once a highly-touted prospect with the Padres — transitioned after hitting just .201 with five homers and a 46 wRC+ across 46 games with the WooSox last season.

With an off-day today, here’s a look at each team currently.

Records:

Triple-A WOR — 5-1
Double-A POR — 1-2
High-A GVL — 1-2
Low-A SAL — 3-0

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