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Red Sox notes: Drew Pomeranz optimistic he will make next start

Rob Bradford
August 19, 2017 - 6:12 pm

The ultimate test will come Monday when Drew Pomeranz throws his bullpen session. But as he sat at his locker prior to Saturday night's game, the pitcher was of the mind that the back spasms he endured Friday would not keep him from making his next start.

"I'm still a little tight, but that's expected though. Day 1 has been a recovery day for me, anyway," Pomeranz told "I just got a little jammed up. But nothing I'm too worried about. I've got four days to get right."

Red Sox manager John Farrell pointed out that the decision to start Pomeranz in his next scheduled appearance, Wednesday in Cleveland, will likely come down to that side session three days out from his 3 1/3-inning outing.

"He’s improved today. There’s still some soreness to the right, kind of on the right beltline area where the spasms are present," Farrell said. "He’s of the mindset that he’s going to be ready to go for a start. He typically throws a side on day 3 in between the starts so that will have a lot of bearing on going forward. We’re in a day to day situation and optimistic he’d make his next start."

Pomeranz has been the Red Sox' second-best pitcher, and one of the top starters in the American League for the last three months. Since May 21, the lefty has the fourth-best ERA in baseball (2.62), a mark that was better than even Chris Sale heading into Saturday.

- Speaking of resurgence, Farrell had high praise for Andrew Benintendi and what the rookie has meant to the lineup during the stretch in which the Sox won 13 of 15 games.

"There was going to be some ebbs and flows in there," the manager said of Benintendi. "Some stretches where there’s going to be some frustration emerge, but I think as we turn into this month, he has been a main – he’s carried us to a certain extent. And that’s not to take anything away from Raffy [Devers] or Eduardo [Nunez],  but Benny has been right in the middle of everything and I just love the way he, for the most part, is a very even-keeled person and even-keeled player and that’ what I’ve taken away from him the way he’s played this year."

Benintendi entered Saturday hitting .391 with a 1.212 OPS in August, hitting five homers.

- Neither Dustin Pedroia or David Price will be accompanying the team to Cleveland, with the second baseman slated to resume baseball activities in the coming week.

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