All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.
“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”
Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.
“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”
A night after crashing into the right-field wall making a catch in the third inning of their 1-0 victory in Detroit, J.D. Martinez is out of the Red Sox lineup.
Here's a look at the catch:
The news of Martinez getting the night off prompted this exchange with reporters, via The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the "general soreness" won't make him reluctant from using Martinez, second in the majors in homers with 29 and tops in RBI with 80, in the outfield, where he's played 39 games in his first season in Boston, compared to 54 at DH.
Mookie Betts is back in right Saturday, with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Andrew Benintendi in right.
The Red Sox have activated third baseman Rafael Devers from the 10-day disabled list and sent left-handed reliever Bobby Poyner back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Devers hurt his shoulder in Seattle in late June and appeared to aggravate the injury sliding into home on July 4 in Washington. Perhaps because of the injury, he slumped in July, hitting .138 (4-for-29). Overall, he's at .241 with 14 homers, 48 RBI a .715 OPS. The 21-year-old leads MLB with 19 errors.
Devers is in the starting lineup tonight in Detroit, batting sixth.
In other injury news, left-hander Drew Pomeranz will return to the rotation Tuesday night in Baltimore. Pomeranz, coming back from biceps tendinitis, had a strong rehab outing for Pawtucket on Thursday - a six-inning start in which he allowed one run, one hit, struck out five and walked two.
"We’re very happy with the way he pitched,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters in Detroit on Friday after Pomeranz threw in the bullpen at Comerica Park. “It’s not about the result. The line was great, obviously. But he was able to command his fastball [and] his breaking ball felt normal.”
Pomeranz was 1-3 with a 6.81 ERA before going on the DL. With left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez expected to miss a significant amount of time with a severe ankle sprain, Pomeranz will now take over that spot in the rotation.