The Red Sox bullpen has been working a lot of late, and it’s starting to catch up to some of their workloads. Between being in the midst of a 17-game stretch without a day off and some recent performances in which the starter got knocked out early, the arms are not well-rested. It seemed inevitable that a move would be coming soon, although their 40-man situation makes things a little more complicated. Nevertheless, they did make a move here on Thursday, optioning Phillips Valdez with Brandon Brennan coming up from Worcester.
The #RedSox today recalled RHP Brandon Brennan from Triple-A Worcester.
To make room for Brennan on the active roster, the club optioned RHP Phillips Valdez to Worcester.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 10, 2021
Valdez has thrown three innings over the last couple of days, and was one of the few relievers in the bullpen with options remaining. He’s been throwing better of late, though his overall season ERA of 4.24 is a bit underwhelming. That said, it may not be a long wait for Valdez to come back up. Hirokazu Sawamura is dealing with a hip issue — and his unavailability is all the more reason to call up a fresh arm — that Cora says could end up…