|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||1/13/1989|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 210 lbs|
|Drafted||2010 - Rd 5|
Hembree told manager Alex Cora that he feels fine physically, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Hembree has struggled since returning from an elbow injury prior to the All-Star break -- compiling a 10.80 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in five appearances (3.1 innings) while experiencing diminished velocity -- prompting concerns over the health of the right-hander. While Hembree insists he's fine and doesn't believe he'll need a return trip to the IL, the Red Sox figure to keep a close eye on the reliever moving forward.
Hembree picked up the save after allowing a hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Tigers.
Hembree gave up a single to center field after recording the first out, and he managed to retire the final two batters of the ballgame to slam the door. The 30-year-old right-hander has been one of the lone bright spots out of Boston's bullpen this season, allowing just one run over his last 11 appearances. With Matt Barnes struggling to get the job done in save situations, Hembree is expected to be a candidate for saves until Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) returns from the injured list and slots into the closer's role.
The Red Sox activated Hembree (forearm) from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Boston shipped reliever Trevor Kelley back to Triple-A Pawtucket to create room for Hembree on the active roster. Hembree, who had been sidelined for a little over three weeks with a right forearm strain, proved he was healthy after tossing a perfect inning in relief during a rehab outing Tuesday for Pawtucket. He should slot back into a setup role after posting a 2.51 ERA and 35:12 K:BB in 28.2 innings over his 31 appearances with Boston prior to landing on the IL.
Hembree (forearm) will likely be activated from the injured list this weekend, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Hembree is expected to rejoin the bullpen in time for the series against the Detroit that kicks off Friday. He pitched a scoreless inning while on rehab for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. He has been a consistent bullpen arm, an area of weakness badly exposed while the Red Sox were in London over the weekend. The right-hander posted a 0.52 ERA while striking out 25 batters over 17.1 innings between April 25 and June 10.
Hembree (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Hembree has been out since June 10, but the Red Sox nevertheless expect his rehab assignment to be short. He could return at some point during the team's series in Toronto, which runs through Thursday.