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Junichi Tazawa | Relief Pitcher | #36

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / BOS
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Red Sox activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list.
Tazawa missed just a few days over the minimum with a right shoulder impingement. He'll return to a setup role for now but could potentially get some save chances while Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Koji Uehara (pectoral) are out if Brad Ziegler struggles. Jul 22 - 12:26 PM

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Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) hopes to be activated from the disabled list this Friday.

Tazawa made it through a simulated game Tuesday without issue and should get clearance to return Friday as long as he wakes up Wednesday with no abnormal discomfort. The veteran reliever has been on the disabled list since July 4 because of a shoulder impingement.
Jul 19 - 4:39 PM

Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) tossed a successful bullpen session on Friday afternoon.

Tazawa threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, and reported feeling good. Out since July 4 with a shoulder impingement, he is aiming to return to the Red Sox next week.
Jul 15 - 3:52 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

The move is retroactive to July 4, so Tazawa could return as early as Tuesday. Tazawa has had a so-so year out of the Red Sox pen, contributing a 3.62 ERA over 35 appearances. It's been a tough couple weeks for Red Sox relievers with Tazawa hurt and Craig Kimbrel out with a torn meniscus.
Jul 14 - 6:37 PM

Junichi Tazawa was unavailable on Friday due to shoulder discomfort.

The Red Sox were also without Craig Kimbrel who is dealing with a knee injury. Tazawa isn't scheduled to undergo an MRI at this time, so he should be considered day-to-day.
Jul 8 - 10:58 PM

Red Sox and RHP Junichi Tazawa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract.

When arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday, the Sox offered $2.7 million, while Tazawa asked for $4.15 million. They found a middle ground on Wednesday. In 2015, the 29-year-old reliever pitched to a 4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 56/13 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. It was the first time he had posted an ERA north of 3.20 since he became a regular arm in the Boston bullpen back in 2012.
Jan 20 - 7:45 PM

Junichi Tazawa requested $4.15 million and was offered $2.7 million by the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Tazawa to make $3.3 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. He held a 4.14 ERA in the Red Sox' bullpen last season.
Jan 15 - 6:01 PM

Junichi Tazawa has been shut down for the season due to his workload.

Tazawa has made 61 appearances this season and show signs of fatigue the last few weeks, allowing nine runs over his last 6 2/3 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter and will be back as the Red Sox' setup man.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:54:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa pitched terribly in the 10th inning of Friday's win over the Mets, walking four and allowing one run in 2/3 of an inning.

Tazawa came on with the Red Sox holding a 6-3 lead in the 10th inning, then proceeded to almost blow that advantage. The strangest bit of his appearance is that he picked up the first two outs relatively easily. Then, things became considerably less easy, as Tazawa walked four straight batters to force in a run. Craig Breslow had to come out of the pen to relieve the closer in mid-inning, something that's rarely seen. We'll see if the Sox opt to continue sticking with him in this role, but Friday's appearance could not have been encouraging. Tazawa's now the owner of a 3.79 ERA.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 12:09:00 AM

Junichi Tazawa recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth Wednesday against the White Sox.

Tazawa allowed a leadoff single, only because he failed to cover first base on the grounder to the right side. He then retired three in a row. Tazawa was coming off a horrible outing Sunday against the Royals in which he gave up four runs and could have allowed more. The Red Sox, though, are sticking with him as the closer.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 11:43:00 PM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said Monday that he will stick with Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer.

Tazawa allowed four earned runs on six hits en route to blowing a save on Sunday, but the Red Sox will keep him in the ninth inning for now. "I think we're going to stay with Taz, for sure," Lovullo said. "He's probably going to get a day off today. He threw 30-31 pitches. We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning, just because you might have a situation where you don't get the job done and don't execute, it wouldn't help him right now to just pull it away from him. That's not what we're about. We want to be consistent with what’s happening every day, and Taz is our closer and we like him in that situation." If Boston does eventually decide to make a change, Jean Machi is likely next in line for saves.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 08:03:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa blew a save in brutal fashion Sunday afternoon against the Royals, allowing four earned runs on six hits in the top of the ninth inning.

Tazawa was dreadful from the jump, and the Boston dugout let him wear it. He faced eight batters, and seven of them reached base. It actually could have been an uglier outing, but the Red Sox cut down two Kansas City runners. The back end of the Boston bullpen is a mess.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 05:33:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa earned a save for the second straight day with a perfect ninth against the Royals on Thursday.

Tazawa only had to protect a three-run lead tonight, but he did it with ease, throwing nine of his 10 pitches for strikes. The Red Sox might not want to use him if they have another save situation on Friday, but he'd definitely seem to be the closer now.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 10:49:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa notched his first save of the year with a perfect ninth inning against the Indians on Wednesday.

Despite his recent struggles and his failure in his first real save chance a week ago, Tazawa was Torey Lovullo's go-to guy tonight and it worked out nicely. It also helps Tazawa's case that Jean Machi gave up a three-run homer in the eighth (without which there would have been no save opportunity at all). The job definitely seems to be Tazawa's to win.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 11:07:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa blew the save on Tuesday, allowing a run in the ninth inning as the Red Sox lost 5-4 in 10 frames to the Marlins.

With Koji Uehara sidelined, Tazawa got the ball in the ninth inning but things didn't go his way. He allowed two one-out singles, then uncorked a wild pitch before Adeiny Hechavarria brought in the game-tying run with a sacrifice fly. Tazawa has been solid overall this season, carrying a 3.31 ERA with a 48/7 K/BB ratio in 49 innings. Jean Machi could get the ball in the next save situation.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 11:00:00 PM

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2Ryan Hanigan
3Bryan Holaday
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Brock Holt
3Chris Young
4Blake Swihart
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Fernando Abad
6Robbie Ross
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Heath Hembree
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman