Red Sox Injury Report: Pomeranz Could Still Make First Start Despite DL Stint
The Boston Red Sox announced Thursday morning that starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz was headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm flexor strain. This is a move that many saw coming with this being a lingering issue.
With the new 10-day disabled list, and the ability to backdate DL stints, Pomeranz could still very likely pitch in the second series of the regular season, which would pit him against the Tigers April 9.
This also allows the Red Sox to keep an extra player on the roster heading into Opening Day, with Robby Scott and Fernando Abad both now slated to make the team. The duo will join fellow lefty Robbie Ross Jr. in the bullpen, which also boasts Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes and potentially one more reliever like perhaps Ben Taylor. The Red Sox could also go with an additional position player, possibly carrying both Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky, with Josh Rutledge headed to the disabled list and Mitch Moreland dealing with the flu.
While Pomeranz has managed to not miss any time after suffering a sore triceps in his second Grapefruit League start, he hasn’t been effective. Coming in relief Wednesday, he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in four innings. Pomeranz is slated to stay behind in Fort Myers and pitch in a minor-league game Sunday, which might determine if he would be deemed fit to make his first big league start.
If he continues to look the way he does one would have to imagine that Boston would consider having Kyle Kendrick come up and pitch a couple of starts given the fact that he has had a strong spring and looks like a solid back end of the rotation pitcher.