On Monday the Red Sox placed left-hander Rich Hill, who recently underwent Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day disabled list, which removes him from the 40-man roster. Replacing him on the 40 is right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who was activated off the 60-day DL and optioned to Double-A Portland.
Tazawa, 25, pitched for Portland Monday night against New Britain and struggled. He recorded just two outs in the first inning before being pulled. He allowed six earned runs on three hits, two walks and one hit batsman.
Tazawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery on April 6, 2010 and missed the entire 2010 season, also threw a wild pitch that allowed a New Britain run to score.
Hill, 31, had not allowed a run in eight innings, spread over nine appearances, in 2011 prior to suffering a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow while pitching against the White Sox on June 1. He is expected to be sidelined until late in the 2012 season.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.