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The Boston Red Sox starting rotation has been plagued with injuries, but they will be getting slightly healthier on Tuesday. Prior to Friday night’s game, the Red Sox announced that Drew Pomeranz will be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
REPORT: Drew Pomeranz to Start Tuesday Against Baltimore Orioles
To say Pomeranz’ return is welcome would be an understatement. With Eduardo Rodriguez sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Red Sox only had Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price as healthy parts of the rotation. It is assumed that Brian Johnson will continue to hold the role as the fifth starter.
Pomeranz has not had the best 2018 to date. After missing the first two weeks of the season, Pomeranz posted a 6.81 ERA, 5.36 FIP, and a 1.84 WHIP in eight starts. He never appeared to be fully healthy, as his fastball velocity was just 88.8 (compared to 91.3 in 2017) and his knuckle curve lacked its typical movement.
However, Pomeranz was a great pitcher as recently as 2017. Fully healthy, the lefty posted a 3.32 ERA, 3.84 FIP, and a 1.35 WHIP while serving as the staff’s number two arm. Should Pomeranz recapture his 2018 form, then the lefty will go a long way in solidifying the back end of the Red Sox rotation.
Fortunately for Pomeranz, he gets to face a ridiculously horrible Baltimore Orioles team on Tuesday. As of the All-Star break, the Orioles have a 28-69 record and just traded away Manny Machado, their best player. While all major league teams are better than minor league teams, this will essentially serve as another rehab outing for Pomeranz. Right now, he is scheduled to face off against the inexperienced Yefry Ramirez.