BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today reinstated right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta from the COVID-19 Related Injured List. To make room for Pivetta on the active roster, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Eduard Bazardo to Triple-A Worcester.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.
Pivetta, 28, was placed on the COVID-19 Related Injured List yesterday due to side effects from vaccination. He is scheduled to start tomorrow’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Pivetta last started on May 9 in Baltimore, where he limited the Orioles to two runs over 6.0 innings in the Red Sox’ 4-3 win. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 3.19 ERA (13 ER/36.2 IP) over seven starts this season, tossing at least 5.0 innings in six of them. Pivetta is tied for the American League lead in wins and ranks among league leaders in opponent batting average (5th, .190), hits per nine innings (5th, 5.89), and home runs per nine innings (6th, 0.49).
Bazardo, 25, tossed scoreless seventh and eighth innings in last night’s loss to the Oakland A’s, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. He has not allowed a run in 3.0 innings over two relief appearances this season, the first outings of his major league career. Ranked by MLB.com as the club’s No. 27 prospect, the right-hander began the season at Boston’s Alternate Training Site. He has appeared in two games with Triple-A Worcester, most recently throwing a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts on May 8 at Buffalo.