Boston Red Sox News: Starter Drew Pomeranz Suffered Injury, Status In Question
There is some Boston Red Sox news that may put some fans on edge.
You can never have enough pitching depth in baseball, and the Boston Red Sox are already learning that lesson in Spring Training as another one of their pitchers has suffered an injury. This time around it is Drew Pomeranz, Pomeranz suffered a tricep injury in a Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins.
Pomeranz said he first felt the issue in the first inning, and he finished his 47-pitch outing giving up two runs on two hits.
“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end of the first one. I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy,” he said. “Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”
Considering he was behind the rest of the rotation in terms of ramping up for the regular season given his late start in Spring Training games with only two appearances under his belt, Pomeranz is in real danger of not being in the starting rotation once the season begins.
With Pomeranz’s status now in question the Boston Red Sox will now have to take a closer look at Kyle Kendrick.
Kendrick has been one of the best Red Sox pitchers in camp to date, but at this time he is not on the 40-man-roster and would need to be added if they plan to use him to start the season. In 18 innings, Kendrick has totaled a 1.50 ERA, striking out 16.
After the Red Sox’ 13-8 loss to the Twins, John Farrell wouldn’t rule out Pomeranz remaining on his regular schedule.
“He had some stiffness in the triceps. We took him out after two innings of work. It’s not related to the area he addressed in the offseason,” Farrell said. “But still whenever you feel discomfort in the triceps of the throwing arm, we’re going to be careful with it. He felt like he could’ve continued but we didn’t feel like it was appropriate to push it at this point. So we’ll reevaluate him when he comes in tomorrow and see what the next steps are for him. Whether that’s a bullpen on his normal day and keep him on his five day, that would be ideal, but we’ll adjust as need be.”
Of course all of that is dependent on Pomeranz’s tricep being fine, which at this point seems very unclear. At this time the rotation to start the year looks like this without David Price who will be out until mid-to-late April.
Drew Pomeranz ( Kyle Kendrick)
When Price comes back he will slide into the three spot with either Pomeranz, Wright, or Rodriguez getting tossed out of the rotation depending on health and performances.