Red Sox News: Brayan Bello’s comeback, Josh Winckowski’s roster transfer, and a top prospect heading to IL

The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected roster move ahead of their series-winning game on May 12 against the Washington Nationals.

Josh Winckowski joined the big-league squad in the spring and has been a part of the Boston organization ever since. During the winter, the right-hander even fought for a spot in the starting rotation.

He was optioned to Worcester the night before Mother’s Day, the move that went along with Brayan Bello’s activation from the 15-day disabled list. Winckowski had a 3.33 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and 11 walks in 24.1 innings worked at the time of his demotion.

Early in the season, Winckowski had been a reliable long relief option for the Red Sox; however, after April 15, his strikeout total started to decline. The right-hander’s early-season success has diminished to the point that his past two appearances have been one-inning affairs. He has given up a run in five of his previous seven appearances.

In order to activate Brayan Bello for his first start from an injury, the Red Sox optioned Josh Winkowski to Triple-A.
Bello’s lat tightness led to the retroactive placement on the IL for April 21. On Mother’s Day, the young pitcher came back to the Red Sox and had a solid first outing.

Bello pitched five innings, giving up two runs, walking two, and striking out one. Eddie Rosario, who saw two long balls and a double in his three games versus Boston, hit a home shot that scored two runs.

Bello has scored most of his earned runs on home runs, and for the remainder of the game, he has been mostly clean. His return to the rotation is fantastic news for the staff as he has provided Boston’s rotation with some of the “ace-like” skill it requires.

A finger injury has sent Red Sox prospect Blaze Jordan to the IL.
The minor league Red Sox were impacted by the injury bug that has afflicted the major league team last week. On May 11, it happened once more.

Blaze Jordan, an infielder with the Portland Sea Dogs, rushed into home plate during the Double-A Binghamton game on Saturday. The Rumble Ponies’ catcher smashed his hand beneath his shin guard as the infielder dropped to slide into home.

Jordan was tagged out and immediately crumpled over in agony. The severity of his condition is yet unknown, however he was put on a seven-day Intensive Care Unit. Before his injury, Jordan hit.283/.342/.414 for Portland.

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