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If Red Sox lose Sawamura, the dog days just got hotter

Boston Red Sox right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura was pulled from Sunday’s relief appearance with what was described to be right elbow tightness.

Sucks to see Hirokazu Sawamura go down like that. Not what this #RedSox bullpen needs right now.#DirtyWater| #MLB — Tyler Milliken (@tylermilliken_) August 8, 2021

The Red Sox got out of a jam in the sixth inning against the host Toronto Blue Jays on the righties’ arm. But he ran into trouble himself in the seventh. Sawamura threw seven consecutive balls to open the inning. And was quickly pulled by manager Alex Cora.

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“So what happened to Sawamura, he didn’t look great. We took him out as a precaution, right elbow tightness,” Cora said. “They check on him after the game, we’ll check on him tomorrow and see where we’re at.”

This one started to stink early: – Garrett Richards gave back two runs – Josh Taylor was ineffective – Hirokazu Sawamura left hurt – Adam Ottavino struggled – Matt Barnes pitched his third game in two days and gave it up A plane crash usually starts long before impact. #RedSox — Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) August 8, 2021

Sawamura has possibly been the most valuable member of the Red Sox bullpen this season. And Definitely one of the top three additions that Chaim Bloom made in the offseason. Showing he can handle any situation Cora hands to him. He entered Sunday having compiled a 2.66 ERA in 40 2/3 innings (41 games).

If he is out for an extended period of time, and with the lack of serious moves made by bloom at the deadline, this could be a death-nail for the Red Sox postseason hopes. 

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