Red Sox Pitching: Pomeranz Finally Has Good Rehab With Pawtucket, Had A Not Hitter Going Through 5.2 Innings
Finally some good news for the Boston Red Sox starting rotation.
Boston Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz had a quality rehab outing on Wednesday night with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Pomeranz who made his rehab start with Pawtucket on the road in Charlotte went 6 innings allowing 1 earned run on just 1 base hit allowing 2 walks while striking out 5 batters.
The 29-year-old threw 69 pitches, 45 for strikes.
This was the lefties fourth rehab start with Pawtucket of his second rehab assignment of the season with Pomeranz recovering from left biceps tendinitis.
The plan going into the rehab outing was 6 innings or 90 pitches depending on what came first. But Pomeranz was efficient and only needed to use 69 pitches to get through 6 innings of work. He went 5.2 innings without allowing a base hit before José Rondón hit a solo home run.
After leaving his outing Pomeranz headed to the PawSox bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning and threw a bit more with former Boston Red Sox closer Keith Foulke with the team in Charlotte to watch over Pomeranz’s rehab. Foulke has been with Pomeranz for much of his rehab stint to keep a watchful eye on him along with several other Red Sox pitching guru’s to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Pomeranz has a 6.81 ERA in 8 starts for Boston in 2018 but is very much a needed asset for the team.
At the moment the starting rotation in Boston after the All-Star break will likely include both Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez with Eduardo Rodriguez going down and Steven Wright facing various set backs on a rehab of his own.
The biggest thing with Pomeanz isn’t health at the moment, in his first three rehab starts the big thing was just syncing everything up and creating some consistency in his deliveries. It appears that on Wednesday he was able to do a bit more of that and looks to be rather close to being ready for the Major Leagues.
With the injury to E-Rod and the setbacks to Wright the need for Pomeranz to come back and perform is higher than it ever has been. The plan going forward is unclear at the moment with Pawtucket being on the road and the Boston Red Sox currently in the midst of the MLB All-Star break. Details of the next step will likely be announced in the coming days in regards to Drew Pomeranz.