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Mark Melancon rejoins Red Sox as Rich Hill goes on DL

Jun 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Rich Hill came back strong from last year’s Tommy John elbow surgery, reclaiming a spot in the Red Sox’s bullpen and throwing 14 innings with a 2.63 ERA, but now the left-hander will miss at least a month with a strained flexor muscle in that same elbow.

Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston says that actually qualifies as positive news, because the Red Sox sent Hill to be examined by Dr. James Andrews and feared he might have another torn ligament that would require surgery.

To replace Hill on the roster the Red Sox recalled Mark Melancon from Triple-A, where he recovered from an absolutely brutal first two weeks in Boston to get back on track as a potential late-inning reliever.

Melancon earned his trip down to Pawtucket by going 0-2 with a 49.50 ERA in four appearances to begin the season, allowing 11 runs in two innings. And then he dominated at Triple-A, throwing 22 innings with a 0.82 ERA and 27/3 K/BB ratio to look like the shutdown reliever the Red Sox traded Jed Lowrie to the Astros to get this offseason.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s a darn shame the next time the Yankees see the Sox will have to wait until July 6th at the Stadium.

  2. stex52 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Careful what you wish for. I doubt he is finished just yet.

  3. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Rich Hill: the tissue paper kid.

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