What to expect from Alan Embree


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Alan Embree returns to the majors today for the first time since he broke his leg last July. He was hit in the right shin by a line drive off the bat of Martin Prado.

Now 40, Embree spent parts of the last two seasons with the Rockies and A’s. He had a 5.36 ERA over 104 appearances with a 1.51 WHIP. He averaged 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

Embree, of course, was with the Red Sox from 2002-05. He had a 4.69 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP during that stretch and averaged 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Oddly, lefties hit him better last season (.895 OPS) than did righthanders (.767 OPS). So Embree is not a classic lefty specialist.

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In Pawtucket, Embree has a rocky third outing that skewed his stats. But his last five appearances were perfect. Embree had five one-inning stints and didn’t put a runner on base.

At this point, Embree would seem to be a better option than Scott Schoeneweis, who has been rocked in medium and high leverage situations.

The Red Sox will make to make another move on Saturday when Daisuke Matsuzaka is activated off the disabled list.