Player News - Red Sox

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Eduardo Rodriguez threw 85 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday.

He allowed one run on six hits and zero walks while striking out seven. Rodriguez pitched on the minor league side in order to stay on his regular turn. Assured of a rotation spot with David Price (elbow) sidelined, the young southpaw possesses some breakout potential this year.
Mar 22 - 2:24 PM

David Price still needs to regain strength in his injured left elbow before resuming a full throwing program.

However, it's possible he could be cleared within the next few days. Price has been limited to this point to some light flat-ground throwing, range of motion and plyometric exercises. The Red Sox don't have a timetable for the left-hander's return, and manager John Farrell cautioned that the club will be very careful. "You don’t attach yourself to a calendar," Farrell said.
Mar 21 - 5:04 PM

Tyler Thornburg (arm) is scheduled to return to game action on Friday.

Thornburg, who has been slowed this month while going through a dead arm phase, threw 20 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday with a hitter standing in. Time is running out, but he's still hoping to be ready for the season. If not, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that Joe Kelly and Heath Hembree would move up the depth chart.
Mar 21 - 10:42 AM

David Price (elbow) will visit the Red Sox team orthopedist on Tuesday to test his strength and determine the next step in his rehab.

The exam had initially been scheduled for Monday. Price could be cleared to increase the intensity of his throwing workouts if all goes well during the visit. The left-hander will begin the season on the disabled list, but it might not be an extended absence.
Mar 20 - 4:50 PM

Kyle Kendrick moved to 3-0 after allowing two runs in five innings Monday against the Orioles.

The Red Sox seem cautiously optimistic that Drew Pomeranz will be ready to go the first time they need a fifth starter, and if that's the case, then Kendrick figures to start off in the Triple-A rotation. He's had a great spring, but he's still Kyle Kendrick.
Mar 20 - 4:42 PM

Marco Hernandez doubled twice and scored twice Monday, raising his spring average to .415.

Hernandez has done everything he possibly can to earn the final spot on the Red Sox bench. Still, even if he gets it, he's not going to play much at all, what with Brock Holt serving as the primary backup infielder.
Mar 20 - 4:39 PM

Drew Pomeranz said his triceps discomfort was a result of poor mechanics, not an injury.

Pomeranz was pulled from a Grapefruit League start Sunday against the Twins after feeling something off in his left arm, but he showed up back at Red Sox camp Monday morning with zero symptoms. Pomeranz expects to take his next turn in Boston's spring rotation on Friday and he should be fully healthy for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 20 - 3:42 PM

David Price (elbow) has a checkup with a team doctor on Monday.

If his left elbow looks good, Price could be cleared to increase the intensity level of his throwing workouts. Then the Red Sox can begin mapping out a timetable for his 2017 debut. Price will open the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, but the hope is this won't be too long of an absence.
Mar 20 - 11:04 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Drew Pomeranz (triceps) is on track to make his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Friday.

Pomeranz was lifted from Sunday's game against the Twins after experiencing tightness in his left triceps, but he showed up back at Red Sox camp Monday without any symptoms. The left-hander will throw a bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday. For now, it appears Boston has dodged a bullet.
Mar 20 - 9:49 AM

Robbie Ross gave up five runs while getting just two outs in relief Sunday against the Twins.

The Red Sox are counting on Ross to be a significant piece in their pen, but he is one of their few relievers with options remaining, giving them some flexibility if he has additional bad days this month. He's given up six runs and posted a 5/4 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
Mar 19 - 5:10 PM

Mitch Moreland finished 3-for-3 on Sunday, raising his spring average to .375.

The Red Sox are excited about what first base prospect Sam Travis has shown them this spring, but there's no controversy about who will start on Opening Day. It was almost certainly Moreland's job regardless, and he's had a great spring, hitting .333 with four extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 32 at-bats.
Mar 19 - 5:08 PM

Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 and hit his third homer of the spring Sunday versus the Twins.

Ramirez still isn't playing first base because of his bothersome throwing shoulder, but he's hitting .270 with a .925 OPS this spring.
Mar 19 - 5:06 PM

Drew Pomeranz departed Sunday's start against the Twins after two innings with tightness in his left triceps.

The Red Sox are calling Pomeranz's removal precautionary, so there doesn't appear to be concern at this point that it's overly serious. However, the left-hander was already behind schedule after being given a stem cell injection in his elbow last October. This setback, even if it's indeed small, might make it hard for him to be ready by Opening Day. It could give a guy like Kyle Kendrick a shot at some early-season starts.
Mar 19 - 2:11 PM

Pablo Sandoval connected for two home runs and drove home four RBI in a win over the Twins on Saturday.

He finished 2-for-4 on the day and has his batting average up to .333 for the spring. The Red Sox banked on Sandoval returning to form this season and so far they haven't been disappointed. He made it through only three games last year before succumbing to shoulder surgery.
Mar 18 - 6:39 PM

Rick Porcello coughed up five runs in four innings but the Red Sox beat the Twins 12-5 on Saturday.

The defending Cy Young Award winner gave up a whopping nine hits and three walks and failed to strike out a batter. He has an 8.10 ERA through 10 innings of Grapefruit League action. There is no reason to worry as he is likely just working off some rust in preparation for the regular season. He went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 223 innings to bring home the hardware last year. He has already been designated the Red Sox' starter on Opening Day.
Mar 18 - 6:33 PM


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