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.
BOSTON -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Boston second baseman Brock Holt lost his popup in the sun, and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on Thursday.
The teams split the four-game series. Including the 15-inning game on Tuesday with Toronto, the AL East-leading Red Sox played 76 innings in about 144 hours - the equivalent of 8 1/2 games in six days.
Dominic Leone (2-0) earned the win. Starter Francisco Liriano got just five outs, allowing three runs in the second, but Toronto came back with four in the third to take a 5-3 lead against Doug Fister (0-4).
Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Smoak has 26 homers this season. His previous career high was 20, in 2013.
It was 7-3 in the seventh when Dustin Pedroia, in the lineup at designated hitter after the long week, hit a three-run homer - his third hit of the day and his fourth homer in 11 games.
Smoak, who also had an RBI single, added his second homer of the game in the ninth.
BOSTON — John Farrell might have stopped short of actually stumping for a deal. Still, the Red Sox manager on Thursday morning spoke highly of the potential impact of a trade and indicated his players are waiting to see what this front office can add to a first-place team.
From a morale perspective, Farrell sees a potential boon in an acquisition.
“I think it’s always a plus,” Farrell said. “It’s a strong sign that everyone is aligned to support, add to, fortify — however you want to describe it — an area of need. And I think there’s a lot that goes into — there’s almost an injection of maybe that support or, further momentum that, OK, this is going to better equip us to go deep into the season.”
The players, Farrell said, have an anticipation for the possibility of a trade as well.
“I think there is. I think players carry that,” Farrell said. “They’re well in tune. Maybe some of them might be wondering OK, am I out?...So there’s a tentative period of time that we’ll go through here in the next 10-14 days. But adding to [the team] I think is always a positive.”
A day earlier, Farrell noted the improvement the Yankees made in their trade for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.