Farrell: Red Sox roster 'filled with talent'

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Farrell: Red Sox roster 'filled with talent'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Principal owner John Henry said Monday morning that he believed the Red Sox are a playoff contender. His new manager, John Farrell, wouldn't offer that assessment directly, but left little doubt that he expects the Sox to be more competitive in 2013.

"The roster's filled with talent," said Farrell. "And the players who are coming in new, they come from winning teams. They come from playoff experience. I think we've got a balance team. There's speed, there's power, there's left-right capability. I think the bullpen is a strength. We know there's talent in that rotation and yet we have to get some guys on track, rebuild some confidence in certain areas.

"But the most important thing is, the talent that was brought in, the guys are noted team players. They put the other guy first and the team first before their own view of the game. The thing I'd like to put back as the focal point is the game. The game on a nightly basis is the most important thing and not the individual things that might lead up to it."

Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

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Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

NEW YORK -- With the postseason just over a week away, it didn't appear that Drew Pomeranz was going to be part of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

On Tuesday, that became official.

Pomeranz was scratched from his last scheduled start of the regular season Thursday with some soreness in his forearm. Henry Owens will take his turn against the Yankees.

"He's come out of this last start (in Tampa Bay) a little bit more sore,'' said John Farrell. "There's been a need for additinal recovery time (and there's also) the total number of innings pitched. There's a number of factors.

"The forearm area is where he's experiencing some discomfort. He needs a few extra days. So combined with his career high in innings pitched (169.1), we're backing him out of his last start.''

Farrell emphasized that Pomeranz hadn't been shut down for the season, but did say that if the lefty pitched again, it would be out of the bullpen.

"We need to get him back on a mound,'' Farrell said, "hopefully by the end of the week to determine what role he'll have in the bullpen going forward.''

The fact that the Red Sox were a win -- or a Toronto loss -- away from clinching the division and have the luxury of being careful didn't have an impact on the decision to hold him out.

"You always put the player's health at the forefront,'' said Farrell. "Is this increased risk with the higher number of innings, or additional needed recovery time? You factor those in. This is independent of the standings.''

Pomeranz appeared to have been squeezed out of playoff rotation, with the four spots going to Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

In 13 starts, Pomeranz was 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA with the Red Sox after being obtained in a July trade with San Diego.

Two weeks ago, the Padres were disciplined for not fully disclosing all the necessary medical information with the Red Sox leading up to the deal, with GM A.J. Preller suspended for 30 days without pay.

It's unclear whether this injury is at all related to info the Padres withheld from the Red Sox.

"I can't really comment on that,'' Farrell said. "I do know what the player needs is some additional time. What's attached to that previously, I really don't have the specifics.''