Boston Red Sox Ace Rick Porcello Had A Scary Moment On The Mound
Boston Red Sox ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello was struck on the pitching hand by Yoenis Cespedes‘ fourth-inning grounder during his start Wednesday for the Boston Red Sox against a New York Mets’ split squad.
Porcello threw a couple of pitches, and the 28-year-old right-hander tried to finish the inning.
“It’s fine right now,” Porcello said. “It happens quickly, so you’re just trying to get the sting out of it. I was able to throw a couple of pitches, and the second warmup pitch I was able to get down in the zone, and didn’t think it would affect me making pitches.”
Making his second exhibition outing, Porcello gave up a run in the third when Curtis Granderson came home from third as Neil Walker was caught stealing second. Porcello struck out Tim Tebow looking with a 92 mph fastball in the third in the former NFL quarterback’s first spring training at-bat.
“I felt really good,” Porcello said. “The ball was coming out of my hand a lot better. I’ve got a couple of mechanical things I’m still battling.”
Porcello is looking to be Mr.Reliable once again for the Boston Red Sox amidst a rotation with a ton of unanswered questions. Price will inevitably need something done on his elbow, trust me stuff like that doesn’t go away. Chris Sale has never pitched in Boston, personally I think he has the right attitude for this town, but he also dealt with an elbow issue last season which is troublesome and could spell a future disaster. Then you have Eduardo Rodriguez who leaves the team for Venezula to pitch in the WBC despite dealing with lingering injuries and not yet able to put together a solid complete MLB campaign in his career.
Then you have Drew Pomeranz who was an all-star last year in San Diego and betting in favor of him isn’t one I am willing to take, he also has the right mindset but I wouldn’t go out an say he is lock for success after one season in the starting rotation for a ball club that hasn’t competed in a decade.
Then dragging up the rear here is another all-star in Steven Wright, a pitcher who suffered an injury after his incompetent in game manger John Farrell sent him out to run the fucking bases. The knuckleballer can actually be a really good pitcher for the Red Sox, but once again not a lock.
So circling back to Porcello, he is the one pitcher I would bet to have a full complete season for Boston barring any injuries. This guy has went from fan punching bag to the Cy Young in one season, not a guy I would bet against.