It always cool when someone gets promoted. It's a life-changing experience, a career milestone, a reason to buy a cake! However, in the back of the promoted worker's mind, surely they know that their advancement is enabled by the fall of another. In baseball, it's even more obvious, as the very players' whose major league dreams you just snuffed out has his name printed next to yours in the papers.
This blood is on your hands, Brian Bruney.
Bruney, one of an amusingly unambitious series of off-season acquisitions where the Sox figured they would just stockpile formerly-effective relievers to minor-league deals and hope that one or two finds the magic again.
Bruney is the real replacement for the injured Tony Pena (Lucas Harrell was played!), as he's earned the call-up by serving as the Charlotte Knights closer, compiling a 1.71 ERA (with a matching 1.75 FIP), striking out over 13 per 9 innings, and all the other stuff you'd expect the most major-league ready Triple-A reliever to do. 3.92 BB/9 suggests the control problems that derailed his career aren't gone, but hey, he's replacing Tony Pena here.
Harrell was sent down after eating 4 innings on Sunday that no one else wanted. Funny, it's like the front office knew there'd be multiple innings that they didn't care about for Harrell to eat. His presence provided the temporary oddity of watching Lucas Harrell. He's capable of living in the strike zone, can hit 94, and has some decent movement...yet is wildly ineffective. Pitching is tricky.
Mark Teahen is returning very soon from his rehab in Charlotte (read as much as you want into his 2-12 with 5 Ks line in his stint with the Knights), so obviously Dallas McPherson was on his way out. And yet, the Sox decided to be rid of the man who once hit 42 HR in 2008 with the Marlins Triple-A team a few days early by demoting him for Jeff Marquez so that he...well...I'm not sure why.
It's not like this move is inexplicable, as the Sox likely have more need for bullpen depth than a backup offense-first 3rd basemen who strikes out in almost half his at-bats, I just don't know what situation would Ozzie actually entrust Jeff Marquez in during the little time he's here. Obviously nothing high-leverage, certainly not a spot-start, so it would seem like Marquez would be headed for the Honorary Jeff Gray 'I would never saddle these random innings of work in freezing rain in a game that doesn't matter on someone I actually cared about" Role. I wonder how much he'll have to share it with Brian Bruney.