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A 'very positive' day for rehabbing Red Sox pitchers

A 'very positive' day for rehabbing Red Sox pitchers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Three Red Sox pitchers, with various ailments at various stages of rehab, threw Tuesday afternoon, resulting in encouraging news for the club.

"All the throwing that went on today,'' said manager John Farrell, "was very positive. It was a very good work day in all three cases.''

Eduardo Rodriguez tossed 59 pitches in a simulated game arranged to test his strained left hamstring.

"He had no restrictions to his delivery,'' Farrell said. "He threw the ball with game-like intensity. That was a positive. We'll check and see how he is (Wednesday) before we make any kind of announcement how he'll slot back in (to the rotation). Today was a very good day for Eduardo.''

The plan is to have the lefty throw another bullpen Thursday morning, before the final game of the road trip.

"But given the history of things,'' cautioned Farrell, "we're going to take this one work day at a time. But it looks like we're making solid progress at this point.''

Rodriguez Saturday pulled himself out of a scheduled start for Sunday, insisting that he didn't yet have confidence in his hamstring, which he had strained last week in Baltimore.

"I was feeling a lot better,'' Rodriguez said. "For those three innings, I didn't feel nothing (with the hamstring) so I feel good. I was throwing the pitches and I don't feel nothing. I just have to wait for the next bullpen and see what decision they make about my next start.''

Rodriguez allowed that he was thinking about the hamstring in his first inning, but without any discomfort there, was able to pitch the final two frames without giving it any thought.

"I was just a little bit careful in that first inning,'' he said. "But after that it was normal.''

Even though the Red Sox seemed miffed with decision to remove himself from Sunday's start on 19 hours notice, Rodriguez doesn't regret making it.

"If I don't (make that decision),'' he said, "it was going to be ugly. It's better to miss one start (instead) of trying to be a man and get something wrong and be out for the rest of the season.''

Steven Wright, who has missed his last two starts after jamming his shoulder as a pinch-runner earlier this month, threw a 60-pitch bullpen and is "on tap'' to start Friday against Kansas City.

"Obviously, we'll see how tomorrow goes,'' Wright said. "But today, to get through that, it's big. (The shoulder) is still a little achy, but I get out on the mound, it doesn't really bother me. I think it's just something from not throwing consistently like I have been.

"It's one of those things you have to get through, kind of like at the beginning of spring training. But I don't think it will take me as long (to build back arm strength) because I've been throwing (all along).''

The biggest surprise of the afternoon was Koji Uehara, who has been out a month with a strained pec muscle.

"He threw with much more intensity than anticipated,'' reported Farrell. "It was a very positive day for Koji. Right now, our tentative plan is to have him throw bullpens every third day and we'll go bullpen-to-bullpen before determining what (comes next). Roughly speaking, three bullpens is the tentative plan. Where we are after that third one, we'll re-assess at that point.

"He finished with, I don't want to say it was 'game-like' intensity, but it was much more than anticipated. That followed 200-feet of long toss.


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

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. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

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.