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Pomeranz had 'experimental' shot in left elbow during offseason

Pomeranz had 'experimental' shot in left elbow during offseason

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Following the Red Sox’ surprisingly abrupt postseason run, Drew Pomeranz had a stem-cell shot injected into his elbow to deal with discomfort that came at the end of his 2016 All-Star season, with the hopes of a quick turnaround heading into the 2017 season.

Pomeranz said he “definitely feels great,” and there was never talk of surgery to deal with the issue.

“We just looked for ways to speed up the process of getting ready for this year and I think we made the right choice,” Pomeranz told reporters at Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods.

Pomeranz described what goes into the shot and, while some parts sound more painful than others, he said the injection itself was the worst part.

“It just uses your own stem cells and bone marrow to help whatever area it’s injected,” Pomeranz said. “[They extracted marrow] from my hipbone and my back. Nah, that didn’t hurt. The shot hurt, but that didn’t hurt.”

While it’s a good sign that Pomeranz is feeling well and started his throwing after the new year, there’s still some reason for concern with the procedure, given it’s fairly new.

“Stem cell is more ‘experimental,’ I guess you would say,” Pomeranz said. “I’ve heard of guys doing it, a lot this year actually. It seems to be a better alternative to PRP.”

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is an injection players such as Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles have had to avoid Tommy John surgery, but it’s been unsuccessful far too often, as in Bundy’s case.

But this wasn’t a decision Pomeranz made alone. The left-hander spoke with the Red Sox staff about it to make an educated decision for 2017 and beyond.

“We kinda talked about it,” Pomeranz said. “I heard a lot of stuff about it this year, too. I ran it by them and we sat down and though [about] what was the best thing, rest or [the shot]. It can rest and it probably would have been alright, but [the shot] just multiplies your chances of being healed.”

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”