After only three innings and just 57 pitches in his start on Sunday, Boston Red Sox southpaw Drew Pomeranz motioned for the trainers to come out of the dugout and then he left the game.
There was not word as of yet to what was Pomeranz’s ailment, but last season he battled elbow issues then this past spring training injured his triceps.
Boston is due to announce an update about Pomeranz on Monday.
On the season, Pomeranz is 3-3 with an ERA of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.44. Those numbers are not that good, but the rotation for the Red Sox needs to have bodies at this early juncture of the season.
Lefty David Price pitched a 75-pitch simulated game on Sunday but his timetable for a return is not completely set as he tries to recover from an elbow injury suffered during spring training. He has yet to throw his first pitch of the season.
Steven Wright has already been lost for the entire season after undergoing knee surgery.
Roenis Elias would under normal situations have been an option but he too is injured.
Kyle Kendricks has taken a few turns in the rotations, but he has not pitched very well and returned to Triple-A.
It appears that Hector Velazquez will be joining the Boston rotation at some point this week, but another starter will be needed if the injury sustained by Pomeranz on Sunday causes him to miss a turn in the rotation or more.
Velazquez, who is 28, is currently 2-1 with an ERA of 1.55 and 20 strikeouts across 29 innings with Pawtucket in Triple-A early in the season.
The right-hander has spent his last seven seasons in the Mexican Professional League.
There is also the possibility of Brian Johnson taking a turn in the rotation. Johnson, who is a 26-year old southpaw, has two career starts in the big leagues.
Entering Sunday’s games he was sitting at 2-0 with an ERA of 2.64 and 26 strikeouts in his 30 plus innings with Pawtucket thus far in the season.
Boston on the season is in third place in the American League East at 19-18, four games behind the first place New York Yankees and 3.5 games behind the second place Baltimore Orioles.
The only consistent starter for Boston has been Chris Sale who currently is 4-2 with an ERA of 2.15, a WHIP of 0.77 and 85 strikeouts.