Buckley: Sox looking at guys who actually like to play baseball


Buckley: Sox looking at guys who actually like to play baseball

If you're a Red Sox fan, you're in one of two camps right now: The side who wants the Sox to get better now, or the side who wants to wait for the perfect players to spend a lot of money on.

With the Blue Jays improving their team in an already stacked AL East, there seems to be a growing concern that Boston should restock their lineup faster to contend.

The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley, as well as the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan, don't want the Sox to do anything drastic whatsoever.

"I want them to do nothing," Buckley said. "I want them to be the 'Boston Secondhand Shop' for the next couple of years, the 'Boston Retreads' which is why I don't mind the David Ortiz thing sign a bunch of David Ross' and Jonny Gomes', save 167 million dollars until a really good free agent comes along that they can trust."

Ryan agrees: 'I'm resigned to the idea that the team is, to be polite, in transition."

That doesn't mean they won't put a competitive product on the field. The Sox have been reportedly talking to Nick Swisher, a player who by all accounts takes a lot of joy in what he does.

"I will say that going after Gomes and looking at Swisher is pretty much to me a public acknowledgement that they recognize that their clubhouse sucked for the last couple of years and that they need to get rid of the Josh Becketts who say, 'I'm not going to talk to you on my day off', with golf and so forth," Buckley said. "They want to get guys who can actually play baseball and like playing baseball."

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen


Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.