Red Sox: Mike Shawaryn was ‘ready to go' for MLB debut

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On Friday night, Red Sox prospect Mike Shawaryn made his long-anticipated debut.

Shawaryn hadn't pitched in 12 days before being put into a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. He last pitched for Pawtucket on May 26. He was then called up to Boston on May 30, but he didn't pitch until last night's contest. But, Shawaryn used the time to get more comfortable at the big-league level and showed little rust in his first outing.

“Each day posed an opportunity for me to get a little bit better, so I just kept working on stuff, kept working on stuff,” Shawaryn said per Nick Kelly of The Boston Globe. “I knew whenever my name was called, I would be ready to go more than anything.”

And he was ready. He pitched well in a two-inning relief performance for the Red Sox. He allowed a home run to Kevin Kiermeier, but he did strike out four batters. And despite the loss, Shawaryn was happy with the end result of his performance.

“We couldn’t get the W, but I am definitely going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life,” he said, per Kelly.

It will be interesting to see how the Red Sox used Shawaryn moving forward. Their bullpen rotation is still unsettled, so if he has another solid showing in his next outing, perhaps he could carve out a role for himself as a middle reliever. Either way, the 24-year-old looked solid in his major league debut, so that's a good sign.

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