In addition to reinstating Christian Arroyo from the 10-day injured list and optioning Michael Chavis to Triple-A Worcester on Monday, the Red Sox also reinstated right-hander Eduard Bazardo from the minor-league IL, recalled him from Worcester, and placed him on the 60-day IL with a right lat strain.
By essentially transferring Bazardo from the minor-league injured list to the 60-day injured list, the Red Sox have opened up a spot on their 40-man roster, which now sits at 39 “active” players.
Bazardo initially sustained that right lat strain back on May 18 in an outing for the WooSox and was later placed on the minor-league IL on May 24 because of it.
While the injury did require him to be shut down for approximately three weeks, the 25-year-old was able to begin a throwing program in mid-June.
Prior to being shut down, Bazardo had made two appearances across two separate stints with the Red Sox while appearing in four games with the WooSox this season.
The 6-foot, 190 pound hurler made his major-league debut for Boston on April 14 and worked a scoreless inning of relief against the Twins in Minneapolis before again being called upon on May 14, when he tossed two shutout frames against the Athletics at Fenway Park.
In those four outings with Worcester, Bazardo posted a 13.50 ERA by allowing four runs on five hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over 2 2/3 total innings of work.
When he was healthy, the Venezuelan-born righty was unquestionably viewed as one of, if not the top relief option at the Triple-A level after he was added to Boston’s 40-man roster last November.
At the moment, there does not appear to be a timetable for when Bazardo could make his return to the mound, but he will at least be able to accrue major-league service time while on the 60-day IL in the interim.
As for how the Red Sox will fill that spot on the 40-man roster temporarily left vacant by Bazardo, that should be something worth monitoring in the coming days.
(Picture of Eduard Bazardo: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)