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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell: No "rubber stamp" for Drew Pomeranz as No. 5 starter until after final tuneup Monday in minor-league spring-training game. Pomeranz threw 76 pitches today; Red Sox want to build him to 90ish before committing to him in season's fifth or sixth game.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Robby Scott has been told he will make the Opening Day roster, which gives the Red Sox three lefties in the bullpen (Robbie Ross Jr., Fernando Abad, Scott). Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree are Red Sox's complement of right-handed relievers, with Tyler Thornburg headed to DL.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg: "A lot of things" could've led to shoulder impingement. How about Red Sox's shoulder program, which is more extensive than what he was used to in Milwaukee? "If anything, it might have fatigued my arm a little bit before the first outing. Or it possibly could've pointed out some weaknesses in my shoulder." Thornburg added he's "never had shoulder issues whatsoever."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With Josh Rutledge (hamstring) bound for DL, manager John Farrell mentioned Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky as options for final Red Sox roster spot. Hernandez, a left-handed hitter who hits lefties well, has had a strong camp. Selsky has experience at first base, important with Mitch Moreland (flu) and Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) compromised.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Moreland has the flu and will be sent directly to Boston rather than accompanying Red Sox to DC-Annapolis for exhibition games Friday and Saturday. Team is hopeful Moreland will be fully recovered by Opening Day on Monday.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Rutledge's strained left hamstring might open roster spot for infielder Marco Hernandez, but it would also leave Red Sox without a righty-hitting platoon partner for first baseman Mitch Moreland. Hanley Ramirez, by the way, played light catch from 90 feet again today.

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1dScott Lauber

Red Sox's Thornburg (shoulder) heading to DL

Tyler Thornburg will miss the start of the season due to a right shoulder impingement, but manager John Farrell says Boston's exercise program isn't to blame.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Everyone's different, of course, but to get idea of Tyler Thornburg's timetable in return from shoulder impingement, consider reliever Junichi Tazawa, who missed 18 days with similar issue last season. Joe Kelly, a starter when he dealt with impinged shoulder last April, missed a month.

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1dJayson Stark

Why the Red Sox won't win the World Series

The rotation is certainly talented, but the health of the unit -- starting with David Price -- will be the reason the Red Sox won't be celebrating in October.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg has been scratched from a scheduled appearance with an upper right trapezius spasm. Thornburg was supposed to make his first Grapefruit League appearance since March 1 in an attempt to be ready for Opening Day. Now looking like a long shot.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Swihart has been optioned to Triple-A, leaving Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez as Red Sox's catching tandem. The move makes sense considering Leon and Vazquez are out of options. Also, after missing most of last season, catching every day in Triple-A will be beneficial to Swihart.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox remain "hopeful" of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing first base before end of spring training but also realistic that camp breaks in four days, manager John Farrell says. As such, utilityman Josh Rutledge is getting reps at first base, too, as righty-hitting platoon partner for Mitch Moreland.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Allen Craig (making $11 million this season) and Rusney Castillo ($10.5 million) among seven players shipped back to minors by Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kendrick has a June 15 opt-out, but continued to cement his status as the Red Sox's best depth pitching option. Six walk-less innings vs. Phillies gives him 26-4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings this spring. Healthy again, Kendrick is throwing his sinker more effectively.

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4dScott Spratt

Forecasting MLB's best, worst fielders

Coming off an outstanding MVP runner-up season in 2016, Mookie Betts is projected to be among the major league leaders in Defensive Runs Saved.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price's latest exam showed "improved strength" in elbow, John Farrell said, but still no timetable for throwing from mound. Light catch continues for Red Sox lefty, who at this point is unlikely to make season debut until May.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If reliever Tyler Thornburg is ready for Opening Day -- and decision won't be made until at least after outings Monday and Wednesday -- Red Sox will ease him into late-inning role. Acquired to be setup man, Thornburg has been slowed as he adapts to team's rigorous shoulder strength program.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Farrell called Drew Pomeranz's outing "a big step in the right direction." Expects to get him 2 more spring outings. Then could start the first Sunday of the regular season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts doesn't conceal his preferred batting-order spot -- "I like 2 ... 2 or 3" -- but knows he likely will hit lower for Red Sox, who want a left-handed hitter in the 2-hole between Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts. (On Thursday, Bogaerts batted sixth.) "It is what it is," he said. "As long as I'm in the lineup, I guess."

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8781st
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3481st
Slugging Percentage.4611st
Earned Run Average4.009th
Quality Starts87Tied-5th
WHIP1.279th
BAA.2467th

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