Boston Red Sox Reliever Matt Barnes Going On Bereavement
According to WEEI.com Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes will be going on bereavement. This news came after a Red Sox 12-inning win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday behind a 3-run walk-off home run by catcher Sandy Leon.
Barnes will be missing at least three games while attending the wake and funeral of his grandmother. Under Major League Baseball regulations, a player who is placed on the bereavement list is obligated to miss a minimum of three games, but no more than seven. It is put in place for players who must attend to a serious illness or death in his immediate family.
Through the Red Sox’ first two games, Barnes has been used as one of John Farrell’s most important relievers. After pitching in the seventh inning in the season-opener, the righty came on in the eighth to toss a scoreless frame in what was a 0-0 tie.
To replace Barnes for the next couple of games Boston has called up 27-year-old Noe Ramirez from AAA-Pawtucket. Ramirez has pitched 13 innings for Boston in each of the last two seasons with a 5.19 ERA in that time period. In the minors he has a respectable 2.73 ERA and with only 16 major league innings under his belt he has the chance to prove himself to John Farrell and the Red Sox in a bullpen that is dealing with a variety of injuries and illnesses.