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What Drew Pomeranz leaving early due to triceps tightness might mean

03.19.17 at 2:41 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Drew Pomeranz is playing it down. But, considering where we are at in spring training, the fact that the Red Sox starter left his outing after just two innings Sunday due to left triceps tightness isn’t inconsequential.

Pomeranz, who said he first felt the issue in the first inning against the Twins, has now pitched in just two Grapefruit League outings, totaling four innings. He finished his 47-pitch outing giving up two runs on two hits.

“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end of the first one. I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy,” he said. “Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”

Considering he was behind the rest of the rotation in terms of ramping up for the regular season, if nothing else this might put the lefty in a bad spot in his race against time.

With Pomeranz’s timetable now in question, more focus falls on Kyle Kendrick.

Kendrick, who doesn’t have the opportunity to opt-out of his minor-league deal until June, has been one of the best Red Sox pitchers in camp to date. He would, however, need to be put on the 40-man roster if the Red Sox want to draw back on Pomeranz heading into April.

In 18 innings, Kendrick has totaled a 1.50 ERA, striking out 16.

After the Red Sox’ 13-8 loss to the Twins, John Farrell wouldn’t rule out Pomeranz remaining on his regular schedule.

“He had some stiffness in the triceps. We took him out after two innings of work. It’s not related to the area he addressed in the offseason,” Farrell said. “But still whenever you feel discomfort in the triceps of the throwing arm, we’re going to be careful with it. He felt like he could’ve continued but we didn’t feel like it was appropriate to push it at this point. So we’ll reevaluate him when he comes in tomorrow and see what the next steps are for him. Whether that’s a bullpen on his normal day and keep him on his five day, that would be ideal, but we’ll adjust as need be.”

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