Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox place Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) on 15-day disabled list, recall RHP William Cuevas

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2016 - 3:16 pm

Junichi Tazawa needs to go on the disabled list after all. On Thursday the Red Sox placed the reliever on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement retroactive to July 4. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher William Cuevas was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Tazawa was unavailable for much of the last homestand. The right-hander has made 35 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season, going 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 37 strikeouts against only eight walks. Opponents have batted .215 against him. "No, our doctors tell me the impingement is settling down," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on a conference call. "He actually threw up to 120 feet today. The way we looked at it at this point was, could we have pushed him maybe to be ready even on Sunday? Perhaps. But we already had 10 days to backdate him, so we don't want to push it at all. We have still a long way to go ahead of us. The doctors felt very encouraged and trainers very encouraged, as did Taz, by his progress at this point. But we figured, rather than rush him back, he misses Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we're hopeful he's going to be back and think he'll be back by the homestand, and he's really eligible to come off on Tuesday for our home game. I don't know what's going to happen, but there is a possibility he'll be ready to go there. We feel very comfortable, and again, we didn't want to rush and felt this was the best thing to do." Cuevas has made three relief appearances for the Red Sox over a pair of major league stints this season. He's allowed two runs in five innings pitched. With Tazawa's DL stint retroactive to July 4, they may have Cuevas be a long relief man if Tazawa can return after 15 days. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.