What started as a promising season for Heath Hembree has spiraled into a trying one.
Over the first few months of the Boston Red Sox campaign, Hembree was one of the most reliable relievers. But in June he started running into health issues, and his campaign since has been marred by injury and poor showings.
And though the Red Sox are way on the outside looking in on the playoff picture, the expectation still is that Hembree, like David Price, will return this season. At the moment, he’s working through an elbow issue, receiving a PRP injection back in March. He threw a bullpen session during the Sox’s trip to Toronto this week, and a simulated game could be next up for him.
“We’re going to try to set up a simulated game over the weekend — probably Saturday,” Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters, via The Providence Journal’s Bill Koch. “If he feels good tomorrow we’ll see that up. If he can clear that hurdle then his return is getting closer and closer.”
Hembree is 1-0 with a 4.06 ERA in 43 appearances this season.
The Red Sox are in Philadelphia this weekend for a quick two-game set with the Phillies that begins Saturday. After that, they’ll return home for a series with the San Francisco Giants.
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