Justin Masterson will not start Sunday, Red Sox “moving toward” disabled list stint

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Red Sox manager John Farrell made it very clear after Tuesday’s ugly start that he felt Justin Masterson was pitching hurt. Masterson vehemently denied that, but the Red Sox just announced that he won’t make his scheduled turn in the rotation Sunday and they’re “moving toward” placing him on the disabled list with “general fatigue.”

No official move has been made yet, but Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that knuckleballer Stephen Wright could make the fill-in start Sunday. Masterson has a 6.37 ERA in seven starts this season, including back-to-back rough outings, and Farrell described him as “clearly not right.”

Masterson just told McAdam that he’s “not real happy about the decision, but we’ll make the most of it.”

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.