Left-handed starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a forearm flexor strain, according to the Boston Herald. He joins David Price as the second starting pitcher on the Boston Red Sox to be on the disabled list to start the season.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, the injury typically requires players to miss two to four weeks. He will be getting a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. If there is a continued issue or structural damage is identified, he could require surgery.
The Red Sox expected Pomeranz to be in its pitching rotation behind Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright. David Price is already nursing an elbow in an attempt to avoid Tommy John Surgery. Another injury to the team’s pitching staff was the last thing they needed to open the season.
Do not bother wasting a roster spot on Pomeranz right now. He should be safe on the waiver wire until he becomes healthy again in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on Kyle Kendrick, but there should be better options on the waiver wire if you’re seeking starting pitching.
Kendrick’s comeback attempt during spring training may pay dividends after all. He was 3-0 with a 2.17 earned run average (ERA) while striking out 26 batters. After being sent down to minor league camp just days ago, Kendrick is looking to be the next man up.
He will need to show he can continue to play well into the season before he warrants fantasy consideration. Kendrick has not played since 2015 and has 81 career wins with a career 4.63 ERA. The Red Sox have one of the best offenses in baseball, which should help him rack up wins, but wait to see how he can continue this into April before picking him up.
The Red Sox may consider the idea of calling up Brian Johnson, one of the team’s top pitching prospects. Johnson was 5-7 with a 3.60 ERA last season in the minor leagues last season. Ultimately, the team will likely just go with Kendrick, the veteran, to fill in for a few weeks. Especially considering that Johnson was sent down to the minors on March 14 and Kendrick shined all spring training.