Red Sox claim relief pitcher Machi from waivers

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BOSTON -- It hardly qualified as a trade deadline blockbuster, but the Red Sox did make another move Tuesday, claiming veteran reliever Jean Machi on waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Machi, 33, had been designated for assignment by the Giants a little more than a week ago. In 33 appearances for the Giants, Machi was 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA, with 22 strikeouts in 35 innings.

He had held opposing lefty hitters to a .120 (6-for-50) batting average.

Machi had previously been very effective for the Giants. In 2013-2014, making 122 appearances, he had a combined 2.49 ERA.

"It's an opportunity to take a look at a guy who will pitch out of the middle (innings) for us,'' said John Farrell. "We know it's been about eight days since he's been designated, so there's a little bit of time here where we've got to get him back on the mound. But he's someone who has had two very strong years before this one.''

The Sox desperately need some help in relief, where only Junichi Tazawa has been a dependable set-up option.

Farrell said he was unsure of what led to Machi's ineffectiveness in 2015.

"I don't have a whole lot of (scouting) reports,'' said Farrell. "I was first made aware (of the Red Sox' interest Monday) night. I don't have any specifics as to why his performance is down compared to the last two years.''

Machi is due to join the club Wednesday, at which point the Sox will have to make a move out of the bullpen. The Sox could option Robbie Ross Jr. back to Pawtucket, or cut ties with one of two veterans: Alexi Ogando or Craig Breslow.

To make room for Machi's spot on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox transferred Clay Buchholz from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. When Buchholz received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection after visiting with Dr. James Andrews last week, that set back his recovery time. Buchholz will be out until the second week of September now, but Farrell said he still expected the veteran to pitch again before the end of the season.

 

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