Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who complained of forearm tightness after his first spring training start on Friday, was relieved to tell reporters in Fort Myers that tests showed a "small, mild flexor strain."
"I don’t see missing myself too much time," Pomeranz said Saturday. "Today, I just came in and got a little treatment after the MRI. But then I’ll come in tomorrow and figure out what the plan is."
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Actually, manager Alex Cora said after the Sox' 5-3 loss to the Yankees at JetBlue Park that Pomeranz will be reevaluated on Tuesday. "At this time we feel pretty confident he's going to be fine," Cora said.
Pomeranz, 29, who went 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA in his first full season with the Red Sox in 2017, went through a similar situation at spring training last year when he missed time after he had a sore triceps in his first start. He began last season on the disabled list but was able to make his first start seven games into the season on April 11.
Two other Red Sox starters, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright, both coming off knee surgeries, aren't expected to be ready for Opening Day.
"It's pretty similar to some of those [times last year]," Pomeranz said. "It's more precautionary than anything."
Pomeranz chalked it up to his mechanics being off in his 17-pitch outing.
"I’ve been feeling good, a little too good honestly, it worries me sometimes. But no, I’d been feeling good up to that point it’s just one of those things," he said "It’s early. My mechanics are a little off but I think it was a mechanical thing more than anything which is easy for me. A lot of times when I feel stuff like last year, I can go in the video room and point to why I’m feeling that."
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