Pomeranz feels 'great' after changing mechanics to fix triceps problem, won't miss start

Pomeranz feels 'great' after changing mechanics to fix triceps problem, won't miss start

Drew Pomeranz made everything sound hunky dory on Monday, a day after the Red Sox lefty was pulled from his second start of spring training because of a tight triceps in his throwing arm.

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"I'm good," Pomeranz told reporters in Florida. "Some mechanical thing yesterday. My arm was dragging behind me a little bit and putting pressure on a different part of my triceps more than normal. I don't normally get there. But watching some video yesterday and this morning, I changed it and I feel fine.

"I was trying to stay low with my arm. My arm was kind of dragging behind me a little bit. I just put a little more pressure on my triceps because my arm was behind me. It's a bad position for your body to be in. I fixed it today and it felt great."

Pomeranz’s arm has been an issue ever since the Sox picked him up last July, when the Padres withheld medical information in the trade. Given his history, it’s hard to be confident in his health now until he puts together consecutive problem-free outings where he also looks effective.

Pomeranz had a late start to spring after throwing a career-high 170 2/3 innings in the regular season last year. He also went for a stem cell shot in his left forearm/elbow area in the offseason. 

Any further hiccup leaves the potential for a trip to the disabled list to start the year -- just what an already banged-up rotation doesn't need.

"I really only missed one inning and I feel great," Pomeranz said Monday. "So I would imagine I would be right back on track for four innings the next start."

The Red Sox can get by without a fifth starter until April 9. 

Matt Barnes gets 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado

Matt Barnes gets 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado

MLB has suspended and fined Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes for throwing at the head of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Barnes' suspension will last four games. His fine is an undisclosed amount.

Barnes has elected to appeal, and so his suspension will be postponed until the appeal process has finished.

Barnes' throw at Machado appeared to be a response to the Orioles third baseman's decision to slide cleats up into Pedroia, who left the game and has missed the two games that followed. He's still day-to-day. However, Pedroia vocally disapproved of Barnes' decision.

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.