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Matt Barnes | Relief Pitcher | #32

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (19) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Barnes notched his first save of the season with a scoreless 11th inning on Tuesday in Baltimore.
Craig Kimbrel had already pitched, so it was Barnes who was called upon after the Red Sox broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 11th. He had to pitch around a two-out error by Rafael Devers but did so in retiring Trey Mancini to end it. It was Barnes' second career save. Tue, Sep 19, 2017 10:53:00 PM

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Red Sox activated RHP Matt Barnes from the 10-day disabled list.

Barnes missed a couple weeks with a lower back strain. He'll return to his setup role.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 11:19:00 AM

Matt Barnes (back) will make a rehab start Tuesday with Double-A Portland.

If it goes smoothly, Barnes should be activated from the 10-day disabled list when major league rosters expand on Friday. He's been out since August 22 because of a lower back strain.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 05:29:00 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Matt Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a low back strain.

This comes after Barnes allowed both batters he faced to reach base in Monday's loss to the Indians. There's no clear timetable for his return. The 27-year-old has appeared in 59 games this season while posting a 3.60 ERA and 66/27 K/BB ratio in 60 innings.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Matt Barnes has dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension on Wednesday.

It's probably the right call as MLB was unlikely to reduce his suspension. Barnes was banned for throwing at Manny Machado as retaliation for his hard slide on Dustin Pedroia last weekend. He'll be eligible to return Sunday against the Cubs. In his absence, Heath Hembree will handle setup work ahead of Craig Kimbrel.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 05:15:00 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Matt Barnes four games for throwing near the head of the Orioles' Manny Machado during Sunday's game.

Barnes has appealed the suspension and will be available out of the Red Sox' bullpen until the appeal has been heard. The reliever holds a 3.60 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio over 10 innings as a setup man in Boston this season.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 06:35:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that Matt Barnes "has taken over the eighth inning."

Tyler Thornburg was originally expected to be that guy, but he was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Barnes has been excellent to begin the year, allowing just three hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. With his hot start, Farrell said the team's bullpen roles have become "defined." However, they'll happily welcome Thornburg and Carson Smith (elbow) back whenever they are ready.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 01:03:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Matt Barnes from the bereavement list.

Barnes was away for a few days following the passing of his grandmother. He'll slide into a setup role, where the Red Sox have had problems so far this season.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 09:12:00 AM

Red Sox placed RHP Matt Barnes on the bereavement list.

Barnes will be away until Saturday while he attends his grandmother's funeral. Noe Ramirez has taken his spot in the bullpen.
Thu, Apr 6, 2017 09:36:00 AM

Matt Barnes will be away from the Red Sox for the next three days while he attends his grandmother's funeral.

Barnes should be back with the team on Saturday, albeit with a heavy heart. The Red Sox will be taking on the Tigers for a weekend series when he returns.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 11:50:00 PM

Matt Barnes struck out two in a perfect inning Monday against the Orioles.

Finally a full-time reliever, Barnes seems poised to take advantage of Carson Smith's absence and seize a setup role in the early going. He has a 0.00 ERA and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings this spring.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes dealt with some elbow soreness after being optioned to Triple-A late last month, but he made it through an inning Monday with no issues. The Red Sox were hoping to use him as part of a six-man rotation in September, but they'll likely take it easy with him now.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 03:36:00 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Matt Barnes to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes struggled in two starts this past week, allowing 11 runs. Rick Porcello (triceps) will rejoin the rotation this week.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Making his second major league start, Matt Barnes allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Saturday.

A three-run homer by Salvador Perez in the sixth inning signaled the end of Barnes' night. The 25-year-old right-hander has not been an effective starter at the major league level thus far, having surrendered 11 runs on 14 hits over 10 1/3 innings. Given that his relief ERA of 5.64 (over 22 1/3 innings) isn't any more inspiring, there's little evidence that Barnes can be trusted for fantasy purposes right now, even in the deepest of AL-only formats.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Matt Barnes surrendered six runs in five innings, losing to the Indians in his first major league start on Monday.

Things were going well until the Indians rallied for five runs in the fourth inning. Carlos Santana added a sixth run with a solo homer in the fifth. Barnes gave up six hits and three walks while striking out seven in the effort. The right-hander was making a spot start in place of Steven Wright, but Wright will likely be back in time to make his next scheduled start.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 10:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Steven Wright