Pomeranz leaves spring training start due to triceps tightness
After losing David Price for at least the start of the season, the Red Sox rotation may have taken another hit on Sunday.
Drew Pomeranz left his second spring training start after just two innings due to left triceps tightness. Prior to being removed from the game, he allowed three runs on two hits and walked three.
The lefty insisted he left the game as a precaution.
“I don’t think it’s anything too serious,” Pomeranz told reporters, via MLB.com. “I could’ve gone back out there and thrown another one. I feel like it’s something I’ll come in tomorrow and be fine.”
Pomeranz was acquired from the San Diego Padres last July in what turned out to be a controversial deal. San Diego received Anderson Espinoza, one of the Red Sox’s top pitching prospects, but Pomeranz soon battled forearm soreness and was forced to pitch out of the bullpen during the postseason.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller ended up being suspended 30 days for withholding medical records from the Red Sox. The Red Sox were even offered the chance to undo the trade, but Dave Dombrowski declined.
Despite his rocky start with the Red Sox, Pomeranz was an All-Star last season, pitching to a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts with the Padres. This season, the Red Sox are hoping the 28-year-old will be a reliable fourth starter behind Price, newly-acquired Chris Sale, and defending Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.