Feb 25, 2012; Fort Myers FL, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa (center) during spring training at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Red Sox Demote Melancon, Tazawa Gets The Call

As expected, the Red Sox sent their struggling reliever Mark Melancon to Triple-A Pawtucket today. Likely with hopes that he can work back to form in a less pressure packed situation.

Melancon allowed 6 ER–3 HR–without recording an out against the Rangers’ relentless offense in the eighth inning of last nights game before finally being pulled in what was a historically bad relief appearance.

According to ESPNBoston.com Bobby V said Melancon was on board with the demotion, saying this–

He walked into the office and he said, when do I leave? How soon can I get on the mound again?

In his place, the Red Sox have elected to call on RHP Junichi Tazawa from the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Tazawa made a strong impression this spring but Bobby V thought he could use some more time in the minors to get his feel back after having Tommy John surgery in 2010. If there’s ever a chance for Tazawa to make his presence in the majors felt it’s now.


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