Red Sox will experiment more with Gonzalez in right field

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Red Sox will experiment more with Gonzalez in right field

BALTIMORE -- On Sunday, after the Red Sox finished an interleague road series in Philadelphia, Adrian Gonzalez had reason to believe he was through with outfield duty -- at least until the Sox play six more road games in interleague parks in mid-June.

Think again.

Gonzalez was back in right field Tuesday, as the Red Sox activated Kevin Youkilis, but put him at first, keeping Will Middlebrooks at third, and shifting Gonzalez to the outfield.

It isn't likely to happen too often, but for now, it's a way to keep Middlebrooks in the lineup.

"Even in a small outfield, we'll have to (appraise) that situation as we see it more," said Bobby Valentine. "I would say that probably less is better than more."

Valentine isn't asking Gonzalez to become a Gold Glove outfielder over night, but rather, just handle the basics.

"I don't think he'll mess up anything," said Valentine. "There just me be a few that he doesn't get to. If it comes to the point that there's outs that we're giving away, then we'll probably scratch the idea. But any outfielder, if you don't get to a baseball, it's a hit. It will become a little subjective after a while.

"If it's obvious that a ball should be caught and it's not caught, then we'll have a different (appraisal)."

"I think that Adrian knows himself really well," said general manager Ben Cherington. "He knows how far he can push it and I think Bobby has a good feel for how far he can push it. It's not going to be an everyday thing. It's probably not a long-term thing. But in the short-term, here and there, and in the right ballparks, maybe it helps us a little bit. We've got to do it in safe a way as possible."

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.''