Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree placed on IL with elbow strain

"It's one of those that we'd rather stay away from him for a while. He should be fine in around 10 days."

Heath Hembree
Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree. –AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

BALTIMORE (AP) — Boston Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right elbow.

Hembree is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA and one save in 31 appearances. He is working on a streak of nine straight games without allowing a run.

“I know my arm pretty good,” Hembree said before the Red Sox faced the Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday. “It’s nothing that I’m concerned about. I can tell that there’s not really any damage; it’s just soreness.”

The right-hander last pitched Monday, retiring all four batters he faced in a loss to Texas. Manager Alex Cora wanted to use Hembree against the Rangers on Thursday, but was forced to summon Josh Smith.

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“I gave them my word, basically, before the game I was good-to-go and then got up in the seventh and couldn’t do it,” Hembree said. “We shut it down.”

Cora does not expect to be without the 30-year-old reliever for long.

“It’s one of those that we’d rather stay away from him for a while. He should be fine in around 10 days,” Cora said. “It’s actually retroactive (to June 11). He’s been throwing the ball so well we don’t want to take a chance. So we made the move.”

Boston recalled rookie left-hander Josh Taylor to fill the void in the bullpen. Taylor has a 10.80 ERA in five games with Boston this season,