BOSTON - Carson Smith continues to work his way back to the Red Sox 25-man roster.
The reliever traded from the Mariners to the Sox over the offseason began the season on the DL (retroactive to March 25) after suffering a right flexor muscle strain.
He could get his first bit of game action since then next Saturday, according to John Farrell.
"He threw 35 pitches of live BP today," Farrell said. "Came through that fine. His next step would be live BP in a sim game on Tuesday. Tentative plan is Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday of next week with two sim and potentially a game by next weekend in the extended [spring training]. So this coming week will be a good test for him."
The Red Sox bullpen currently ranks 11th in the majors with a 3.09 ERA. Smith will likely eventually take the spot of either Matt Barnes (2.08 ERA) or Noe Ramirez (4.76 ERA).
Eduardo Rodriguez, who has been on the DL all season with a right patella subluxation, also appears to be on the right track.
"Eddie will go with some additional pitches thrown on Monday in a sim game as well," Farrell said.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.