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McAdam: Red Sox roll the dice with Darwinzon Hernandez

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Before the Red Sox go back into the trade market for some bullpen help -- if they go at all, that is -- they're first taking inventory of what they have in-house.

In the next week, that will include the activation of Nathan Eovaldi, who could be in a relief role by Monday, the start of a critical stretch for the Red Sox.

Eovaldi won't be the only new addition to the bullpen. On Tuesday, the Red Sox summoned Darwinzon Hernandez from Pawtucket, while optioning Ryan Brasier. Brasier was unable to command his fastball to spots, showed an inconsistent slider and in a larger sense, couldn't duplicate the success he enjoyed in his rookie season.

Hernandez is an intriguing -- if unproven -- option. He boasts a fastball that he can throw 95-96 mph, and a plus slider that can be a wipeout pitch at times.