Boston Red Sox right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura was pulled from Sunday’s relief appearance with what was described to be right elbow tightness.

The Red Sox got out of a jam in the sixth inning against the host Toronto Blue Jays on the righties’ arm. But he ran into trouble himself in the seventh. Sawamura threw seven consecutive balls to open the inning. And was quickly pulled by manager Alex Cora.

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“So what happened to Sawamura, he didn’t look great. We took him out as a precaution, right elbow tightness,” Cora said. “They check on him after the game, we’ll check on him tomorrow and see where we’re at.”

Sawamura has possibly been the most valuable member of the Red Sox bullpen this season. And Definitely one of the top three additions that Chaim Bloom made in the offseason. Showing he can handle any situation Cora hands to him. He entered Sunday having compiled a 2.66 ERA in 40 2/3 innings (41 games).

If he is out for an extended period of time, and with the lack of serious moves made by bloom at the deadline, this could be a death-nail for the Red Sox postseason hopes. 

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