With David Price and Drew Pomeranz both battling left arm injuries, the Red Sox may have to begin the 2017 regular season with Eduardo Rodriguez and Kyle Kendrick in the starting rotation. Though the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale in a trade with the White Sox, the club was not able to address starting depth. As a result, they’re still looking, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
According to Mastrodonato, manager John Farrell echoed comments made by Dave Dombrowski, who said he found it difficult to address starting depth because veterans felt their chances to actually contribute in the majors were slim due to how much talent was included in the rotation with Price, Sale, reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, and Steven Wright.
Farrell said of his team’s search for more rotation depth, “That’s ongoing.” He also said he wishes he had another Kendrick-type. “Ideally, but I know every effort was made to try to sign that type of pitcher. That tells you the demand for pitching around baseball. We were able to have one type of starter like this in Kendrick.”
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.