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17-13

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Rutledge's strained left hamstring might open roster spot for infielder Marco Hernandez, but it would also leave Red Sox without a righty-hitting platoon partner for first baseman Mitch Moreland. Hanley Ramirez, by the way, played light catch from 90 feet again today.

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10hScott Lauber

Red Sox's Thornburg (shoulder) heading to DL

Tyler Thornburg will miss the start of the season due to a right shoulder impingement, but manager John Farrell says Boston's exercise program isn't to blame.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Everyone's different, of course, but to get idea of Tyler Thornburg's timetable in return from shoulder impingement, consider reliever Junichi Tazawa, who missed 18 days with similar issue last season. Joe Kelly, a starter when he dealt with impinged shoulder last April, missed a month.

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Where Pablo Sandoval should appear on draft boards (0:59)
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15hJayson Stark

Why the Red Sox won't win the World Series

The rotation is certainly talented, but the health of the unit -- starting with David Price -- will be the reason the Red Sox won't be celebrating in October.

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León's grand slam gives Boston the lead (0:31)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg has been scratched from a scheduled appearance with an upper right trapezius spasm. Thornburg was supposed to make his first Grapefruit League appearance since March 1 in an attempt to be ready for Opening Day. Now looking like a long shot.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Swihart has been optioned to Triple-A, leaving Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez as Red Sox's catching tandem. The move makes sense considering Leon and Vazquez are out of options. Also, after missing most of last season, catching every day in Triple-A will be beneficial to Swihart.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox remain "hopeful" of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing first base before end of spring training but also realistic that camp breaks in four days, manager John Farrell says. As such, utilityman Josh Rutledge is getting reps at first base, too, as righty-hitting platoon partner for Mitch Moreland.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Allen Craig (making $11 million this season) and Rusney Castillo ($10.5 million) among seven players shipped back to minors by Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Kendrick has a June 15 opt-out, but continued to cement his status as the Red Sox's best depth pitching option. Six walk-less innings vs. Phillies gives him 26-4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings this spring. Healthy again, Kendrick is throwing his sinker more effectively.

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4dScott Spratt

Forecasting MLB's best, worst fielders

Coming off an outstanding MVP runner-up season in 2016, Mookie Betts is projected to be among the major league leaders in Defensive Runs Saved.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price's latest exam showed "improved strength" in elbow, John Farrell said, but still no timetable for throwing from mound. Light catch continues for Red Sox lefty, who at this point is unlikely to make season debut until May.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If reliever Tyler Thornburg is ready for Opening Day -- and decision won't be made until at least after outings Monday and Wednesday -- Red Sox will ease him into late-inning role. Acquired to be setup man, Thornburg has been slowed as he adapts to team's rigorous shoulder strength program.

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Kurkjian's MLB Elite Eight (2:18)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

John Farrell called Drew Pomeranz's outing "a big step in the right direction." Expects to get him 2 more spring outings. Then could start the first Sunday of the regular season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts doesn't conceal his preferred batting-order spot -- "I like 2 ... 2 or 3" -- but knows he likely will hit lower for Red Sox, who want a left-handed hitter in the 2-hole between Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts. (On Thursday, Bogaerts batted sixth.) "It is what it is," he said. "As long as I'm in the lineup, I guess."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

More Drew Pomeranz, on why this was a big start: "Even though I've been throwing, today felt like my first real outing, just because I was finally able to get in that position (to execute pitches."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

After 2 rocky innings (3 runs, 5 hits), Drew Pomeranz said "something clicked" in the 3rd. His 2 hitless IP after that were "such a huge relief," he said. Still thinks he can be ready to start season

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyler Thornburg's race against the calendar continues. After the Red Sox setup man's minor-league inning today (he felt fine), he's due to pitch Monday, then every other day next week, which would give him two more outings before camp breaks and another Friday vs. Nats.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8781st
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3481st
Slugging Percentage.4611st
Earned Run Average4.009th
Quality Starts87Tied-5th
WHIP1.279th
BAA.2467th

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