Moments after announcing that Carl Crawford will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox announce that they've relieved Bob McClure of his pitching coach duties.
Sox also announce that Bob McClure has been let go as pitching coach. Asst. pitching coach Randy Niemann takes over. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
Randy Niemann becomes fourth Red Sox pitching coach since 2010 following Farrell, Young and McClure. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
McClure and Valentine clashed, but Cherington maintains: "This is a performance-based decision.'' Starter ERA of 4.82 a huge factor. Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
The Red Sox pitching woes have been well documented this season. They rank 23rd in team ERA (4.30), 25th in quality starts (57), 16th in WHIP (1.30), and 16th in batting average against (.255).
More to come . . .