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Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes placed on 10-day disabled list with sore back

John Tomase
August 22, 2017 - 2:03 pm

CLEVELAND -- On Monday night, Matt Barnes once again lacked command in a loss to the Indians. He then refused to blame injuries for his struggles, noting that everyone is battling something at this time of year.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list with a back strain.

Barnes allowed the only two runners he faced in the eighth on Monday to reach base, and one of them ended up scoring the tying run in Cleveland's 5-4 victory.

"I feel good right now. I do," Barnes said after the game. "It's just one of those things, the last week, week and a half have kind of been a funk. As a reliever, when you're in a funk, everybody knows because you're on the mound by yourself. It's one of those things that sucks, it does. We'll keep working. I'll find it. We've got a month and a half left and we're still in first place."

To replace Barnes on the roster, the Red Sox summoned Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes is 6-3 with a 3.60 ERA. He ranks second in the American League in appearances (59), a fact manager John Farrell said did not make him proud, because having any reliever in the top five is generally a sign of overuse. On Monday, however, Barnes said he felt OK.

"I haven't talked to anybody about taking time off," he said. "I challenge you to find somebody who isn't tired. We've played 120 games and we're in the thick of things right now. This is the part where you kind of have to man up and kind of find a way to get through it and still perform and finish the season strong."

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