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Robby Scott odd man out, heads to Triple-A

Rob Bradford
July 17, 2017 - 11:24 pm

The way Robby Scott was going this season, it appeared as though his days in the minor leagues might be a thing of the past.

But thanks to some unavoidable roster maneuvering by the Red Sox, Scott will be making a return to Triple-A.

Scott confirmed after the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays Monday night that he was joining the Pawtucket Red Sox, with the Sox needing to free up a roster spot for Tuesday's starter, Brian Johnson. The demotion wasn't a product of performance, but rather simply the reality that Scott is one of the few available relievers with options. Fellow lefty Fernando Abad couldn't be sent down without clearing waivers.

While Scott struggled leading up to the All-Star break, in his last two outings the southpaw rediscovered the form that had made him a viable late-inning option for much of the season, turning in back-to-back perfect one-inning outings against the Yankees.

Johnson is getting the start Tuesday because Doug Fister, who was originally slated to pitch that day, was forced into a relief role during the Red Sox' 16-inning loss Saturday. Fister will pitch in the series finale against the Blue Jays, Thursday, with Chris Sale being pushed back to Friday in Anaheim.

It will mark the fourth time this season Sale will pitch on extra rest, having managed a 2.14 ERA and .194 batting average against in those previous outings.